Earlier this morning, both the Clippers and Celtics appeared to be on the verge of finalizing separate transactions in which Kevin Garnett would be sent to LA for DeAndre Jordan, as well as two first round picks being sent to Boston for the rights to negotiate with Doc Rivers and have him released from his contract with Boston.
After a week’s worth of leaks in the media though, it’s been made pretty clear that KG/Doc are a package deal in any trade. And since the NBA doesn’t technically allow any side deals, well we have a bit of a problem as Marc Stein reports
Sources tell ESPN it’s been communicated to Celts & Clips that league has questions about proposed deals and appearance they are connected
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 20, 2013
Source tells ESPN that Celts & Clips have today begun discussing new trade scenarios to try to satisfy league’s misgivings on these deals — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 20, 2013
So what does this all mean? Is the initial trade offer still in play? It’s unclear at this point, but Stein is of the mind that this deal is still far from done, if a deal happens at all.
Last tweet means that Celts/Clips deals — IF agreed — won’t necessarily take form of DeAndre Jordan & two firsts going to Boston — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 20, 2013
Here’s my question. After all of this has been leaked in the last week, how can the Celtics and Clippers reasonably expect to convince the NBA these are two separate deals, when it’s pretty crystal clear to everyone involved that Doc won’t go to LA without Garnett and vice versa. That’s a very slippery slope, but perhaps some reworking of the compensation on both sides will let them argue that these are two separate transactions.
There’s at least some pessimism out there though that nothing will get done.
— Mark Heisler (@MarkHeisler) June 20, 2013
As always, this situation is incredibly fluid, so stay tuned to CelticsHub as a messy situation gets even more complicated by the hour.