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Clippers and Celtics Cut Off Trade Talks

by Photo of Kenneth Teape

After a weekend full of trade negotiations, talks between the Clippers and Celtics broke down Tuesday.

Clippers and Celtics Cut Off Trade Talks

After engaging in serious trade talks throughout the weekend, it looks as if the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics are both backing away from the table without completing a deal. The talks got so serious that many outlets were reporting that a deal would be put in place and made official Monday afternoon, but that isn't happening any more.

The Clippers informed the Celtics Tuesday morning that they would be pulling out of a deal revolved around bringing Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to Los Angeles. There are no plans in the works as of now for the teams to resume talking again to try and work out the parameters of a new deal.

There were all different trade scenarios being thrown around with Garnett, Rivers and DeAndre Jordan being the main components in every deal. The Celtics were insisting on Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe being included in the deal but the Clippers were not interested in adding Bledsoe; they are saving Bledsoe as a chip for another trade down the line for a player such as Dwight Howard (there is a 0.01 percent chance the Lakers will ship Howard to the Clippers for anyone though).

When the Celtics realized they would not be able to pry Bledsoe from the Clippers they insisted on the Clippers taking back Jason Terry and/or Courtney Lee, two players with unsightly contracts the Celtics would like to get off their books. The two are both owed $10.675 million over the next two seasons; Lee has a third year that he will be owed $5.675 million as well.

The talks broke down Tuesday morning after the Clippers would not budge off of the latest proposal that stood as Jordan straight-up for Garnett and two-first round picks for compensation of Rivers getting out of the three-years and $21 million left on his contract. The Celtics should be happy this trade did not go down as adding another albatross contract like Jordan would ruin any cap space they are saving up. Jordan is owed $22.43 million over the next two seasons, a lot of money to pay for someone who struggles to stay on the court in crunch time.

This would not have been the first occurrence in the NBA in which a head coach was moved for compensation. The most noteworthy one was when Pat Riley resigned as the New York Knicks head coach to take the same position with the Miami Heat. The move was controversial as Riley had one season left on his Knicks contract and they were accused of tampering. The matter was dealt with after the Heat sent $1 million and a 1996 first round draft pick to the Knicks.

As for the Clippers, the hunt for a new head coach will continue. They will bring back candidates Byron Scott and Brian Shaw Tuesday and Wednesday respectively for second rounds of interviewing. Lionel Hollins is still in the picture as well after having a two-day interview last week in which he met with owner Donald Sterling. The Clippers expect to have a head coach in place by the end of the week or early next week. One thing for sure is that it will not be Doc Rivers.

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