Steve Bulpett and Adrian Wojnarowski are both reporting advancing talks between the Celtics and Clippers on a trade that would move Kevin Garnett to L.A. Doc Rivers would also be released from his contract and allowed to sign a new deal with the Clippers. According to Woj, Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause if Rivers is accompanying him to L.A.
“The final hurdle of a deal centers on the Clippers’ willingness to include guard Eric Bledsoe into a trade package with Boston, sources said.
Boston and Los Angeles are discussing a package that will send DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks to the Celtics for Garnett and the right to hire Rivers as coach, sources said.
Garnett will waive his no-trade clause to go to the Clippers, where he’ll be reunited with Rivers and likely Celtics assistant Ty Lue, sources told Yahoo! Sports.”
According to a source close to Rivers, the coach wants to make sure the Celtics emerge from the deal in a better position to transition from the Paul Pierce-Garnett era.
“Doc wants this to be a win-win,” he said. “He still feels very strongly about the Celtics and Danny (Ainge, the club’s president of basketball operations).
“If (the Celtics) can’t work things out with the Clippers, then Doc would have no problem going back and coaching. He just wants to make sure that if he does go, the Celtics come out of it stronger.”
But according to another league source, there is some measure of posturing going on.
“Doc has to say that,” this person said. “I’m sure he still cares about the Celtics, but he’d be leaving them just when it’s time to rebuild. That doesn’t look too good. If Boston can get a good deal out of this, that takes some of the heat off him.”
CH: If this trade goes down, with or without Bledsoe, and indications are that the Celtics are pushing for a quick resolution, it would be an emphatic period on the Big Three era, and shift the Celtics into a phase where they would likely reconstitute as an uptempo, athletic team centered around Rajon Rondo.
The current trade talks don’t yet appear to include Paul Pierce, but he’d be a likely candidate to be moved in some other fashion should Garnett and Rivers head west. It’s entirely possible he could be included in the deal (with Caron Butler coming back to the C’s) or be routed to another team so the Celtics can start fresh. The Celtics would then likely divest themselves of key supporting parts like Courtney Lee and Jason Terry, both signed as compliments to Pierce-Garnett-Rondo last summer. Brandon Bass could also be moved.
With a potential deal in offing in the next 48 hours, let’s leave it at that for now. We’ll have updates as they occur, so check back with us through the weekend.
Your turn: what’s your reaction to the proposed return, the idea that Garnett has played his final game as a Celtic, and any other errant thoughts?