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Report: Clippers new plan to trade for Rivers first, then maybe Garnett

Jun 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers looks on in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York Reuters

The question now isn’t “do the Clippers want to make a series of trades with the Celtics that brings them Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers?” They do. Both sides have basically hammered out a deal they liked.

The question is, “how do we structure a deal that David Stern and the NBA would sign off on?” Stern himself has said the deal would not get league approval. So it was back to the drawing board on how to construct a trade.

The latest plan is to get the coach first, reports Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne at ESPN.com.

The Los Angeles Clippers’ new strategy, in the wake of NBA commissioner David Stern’s public comments Thursday expressing serious misgivings about the legitimacy of the proposed trade of Kevin Garnett and a corresponding transaction that would transport Celtics coach Doc Rivers from Boston to L.A. as a package deal, is to pursue Rivers first and roll the dice on acquiring Garnett and Paul Pierce later, sources told ESPN.

The Clippers’ primary target now is Rivers, whom sources said team owner Donald Sterling already has signed off on paying upward of $7 million a year for five years. Boston would require compensation for Rivers, who is still under contract for three years and $21 million with the Celtics.

You cannot trade a coach for players, as Stern and the league office interpret the Collective Bargaining Agreement. And you cannot have “side deals” attached to a trade, like throwing a couple picks on a Kevin Garnett for DeAndre Jordan swap and then suddenly it’s okay if you sign Rivers.

But if the Clippers get Rivers with no promise of Garnett… maybe. The league would not stop the Rivers move; there is a precedent of picks for coaches under contract who are let out to sign with another  (the most recent being Stan Van Gundy going from the Heat to the Magic in 2007).

The question is how the league reacts in two weeks when the Clippers and Celtics propose Garnett for DeAndre Jordan straight up. This after the Celtics have bought out Paul Pierce and he has signed as a free agent in Los Angeles.

If you want to predict Stern, you go ahead. I’m sitting this one out.

  1. saint1997 - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    man Clippers are in a good position here. Willing to trade Bledsoe and Jordan – both two very talented young guns who fetch (evidently) some VERY nice championship calibre pieces

  2. fanofevilempire - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    this is so exciting……………….

  3. fanofevilempire - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    this is so exciting……………….

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      How is a trade that could swing the power in the entire Western Conference not interesting? A trade that could also decide the fate of a Top 5 PG.

      Go to ESPN NY if you are jonesing for a story about the Knickerbockers.

      • 1historian - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        On the other hand if you don’t care about the “40 years since the last title” knickerbockers, don’t go to ESPN NY.

      • badintent - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Go to ESPN if you are jonesing for a story on the LA NFL team. What’s that ? LA still has no NFL team. Guess you have to go to NY/NJ to find most of the recent SB championships.. Don’t care about LA NBA circus drama

  4. 00maltliquor - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    The plan should have been all along to shut their fat mouths about a wink-wink deal to give up a couple of draft picks in the Jordan-Garnett trade for Doc. They shouldn’t have leaked it and just done it. Now The Dicktator knows all about the plans and will foil them at any cost because of the stupid rules that are in place.

  5. hwatt - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Garnett for most younger people in the league can’t be that far-fetched. You’re sending an above-average player on retirement’s door for an ok guy that will give you some years.

  6. turoknowseverything - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Deandre Jordan is the best center in the NBA as of now if you don’t have eyes to see that then you are as blind as a blind person on blind day… Bynum is number two as of now and the list goes on from there… So trading him would be dangerous because the clippers are super dope with him on the team already… Deandre had the dunk of the year so get with the program you idiots… It would be a dream to have Lamar Odom and KG play together on the same team… It just sucks that we “meaning the clippers” would have to give up the NBA’s best center to do that :-(

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:52 AM

      WHAAT??

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:57 AM

      You’re not being serious, right? Man, congratulations on what might be the best “trolling” comment of 2013 on PBT. You really had me for a second! That was a good one dude, much props, keep ‘em coming! I like it, hahaha!

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