The Celtics and Clippers, perhaps being a bit too distracted by an entertaining Bruins-Blackhawks Stanley Cup Finals, have appeared to call it quits early tonight on their revived trade talks, according to reports.
The Clips-Celtics won’t be getting deal done tonight for Doc, KG to LA. Sources said talks that resumed today resume tomorow morning.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 20, 2013
Source: C’s situation w/Doc “delicate.” If someone on Bruins telecast explains what that means I’ll pass it on. Otherwise…
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) June 20, 2013
That second tweet from Bulpett remains puzzling. What exactly could he mean by it?
There are a couple reasons the C’s could be back negotiating with the Clippers, even though the demands for a trade according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com remain similar (and quite lackluster) from Boston in the form of two first round picks and DeAndre Jordan for KG and Doc Rivers.
One source close to the process expressed optimism the sides would reach an agreement in principle by Thursday on the two deals involving Garnett and Rivers, which the Clippers believe will all but cement the signature of star guard Chris Paul when Paul becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Although sources stressed that final details were still being worked out, one trade would be a straight player swap sending Clippers center DeAndre Jordan for Garnett, with the second move calling for Boston to receive two first-round draft picks as compensation for freeing Rivers from his Celtics contract.
However, ESPN.com has learned the teams will have at least one more hurdle to clear even if they finally agree to a trade framework after days of talks and multiple breakdowns in discussions.
Sources say the Clippers and Celtics, to push the trade through, will have to convince the league office that the deals were not contingent upon each other. According to NBA rules, side agreements or contingencies are prohibited in any trade or free-agent signing. Rules also prohibit coaches from being traded; teams can convey cash or draft picks as compensation to get a coach under contract released from those obligations.
For some additional analysis on the latest events, and what it will take to get the job done, Rich Keefe and I got together for another podcast this evening to sort out our thoughts.