After a rollercoaster ride Saturday afternoon, when it appeared a trade of Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett could be closer than ever, things remain quiet on the trade front this morning, as trade talks have understandably stalled between Danny Ainge and whoever is running the Clippers.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Celtics will not consent to allow Rivers out of the final three years and $21 million on his contract unless they receive both Bledsoe and Clippers centerDeAndre Jordan in a corresponding trade for Boston’s Kevin Garnett, along with at least one future first-round pick as compensation for Rivers.
Yet sources say that the Clippers continue to tell Boston that they will not include Bledsoe in the proposed trade for Garnett, largely because they are determined to keep Chris Paul‘s backup to headline a separate down-the-road trade once they’re certain that Paul has committed his long-term future to L.A.
The viability of the trade scenario featuring Rivers and Garnett thus hinges on either the Celtics or the Clippers relenting in the next day or two. Boston is also said to be insisting that the Clippers absorb the contract of either Jason Terry or Courtney Lee to clinch the deal.
The biggest element we have going on here, is the one involving the timing of any deal that comes together.
While both sides are at a impasse right now, each team has come too far down the road at this point to not revisit a trade. I don’t expect Danny Ainge to budge much on his demands, which are quite valid when you are dealing with the cache of Rivers and Garnett in what would be a franchise altering move. Meanwhile, it will be a tall task for the Clippers to meet those demands, and if there are other attractive offers out there for Bledsoe that don’t cause the Clippers to forfeit draft picks, DeAndre Jordan and Bledsoe all at once, they have to remain patient.
Either way, something has to give soon. Coaching candidates like Lionel Hollins aren’t going to be pleased waiting around for a week to make a decision, and if the C’s need a new head coach, they’d like to get that business in order before the NBA Draft and free agency arrives.
What does this all mean? A final decision on Doc, and potentially KG and Pierce as well should arrive within the next few days. Stay tuned to CelticsHub all day long for the latest developments in what could be a franchise altering week.