In a confirmation of earlier reports, David Stern has been making the rounds today on sports talk radio to give some extra focus to tonight’s Game 7. That made him available to address the ongoing Celtics-Clippers trade saga and the league’s role in approving any such transactions.
Our buddy Chris Forsberg over at ESPNBoston.com transcribed some of the comments from Stern today on ESPN Radio
“I would say, in the language of diplomacy, that the teams are aware that the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t authorize trades involving coaches’ contracts,” Stern told hosts Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco. “The only consideration that can be done here in player transactions are other players, draft picks, and a very limited amount of cash. But, coaches’ contacts don’t qualify as extra consideration or acceptable consideration in player transactions. The teams know that. It has been confirmed to them. What we wouldn’t prohibit — what the rules wouldn’t prohibit — let me start again, what the rules won’t allow, can’t be gotten around by breaking it up into two transactions.”
Stern suggested the very public nature of the trade talks between the Celtics and Clippers are working against the teams as they try to satisfy the league’s requirements.
“If you think, at this point, having been all over the media for the last week, [even as] separate transactions, when you get back from Miami, Stephen A., I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I would very much enjoy selling to you,” quipped Stern.
When it was suggested it sounded like Stern was saying that Rivers might not end up in L.A., Stern replied, “I’m not saying more.”
After speaking with a couple of sources myself on the reports, there is all kinds of uncertainty right now about a few things.
Those are in order
1) Whether a deal will be allowed
2) Whether changing the timing of the deals, along with reconstructing the deals will be enough to make the NBA allow both transactions
3) What happens in Boston to Doc if the deal falls through entirely?
These are the answers we are hoping to answer in the coming hours and days, but all signs point to a resolution not coming before Game 7 tonight. Stay tuned to CelticsHub for the latest.