With a full understanding that free agent Chris Paul wants this deal
completed, the Los Angeles Clippers re-engaged the Boston Celtics on the
Kevin Garnett-Doc Rivers negotiations on Wednesday afternoon, league
sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Clippers walked away from the talks on Monday morning, insisting that Boston's asking price of DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks was too steep of a price for Garnett.
Clippers management believed Boston would eventually come back to them out of a belief that the Celtics-Rivers relationship would be difficult to repair, but league sources told Y! Sports that Paul's desire to play for Rivers – and with Garnett – has been a significant motivator for Los Angeles.
|Posted on June 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM|
When a star player cries, you know sometimes an owner or team will do whatever it takes to make that superstar happy. It seems like Chris Paul has put on his executive suit, and has sat down with whoever in the Clippers brass to set up a deal that will send KG and Doc over to LA.
It's obvious there is no going back. Is the deal that good? Is it worth it for the Celtics? Well if this trade goes down you can probably expect Pierce to be bought out. The Celtics will have 29 million on the books, leaving them with enough cash to sign a max guy or two. I'll have more of my thoughts on the potential rebuild or non rebuild of the Celtics. Here's Woj's article at Yahoo.
Clippers restart talks with Celtics on Kevin Garnett-Doc Rivers deal
With a full understanding that free agent Chris Paul wants this deal completed, the Los Angeles Clippers re-engaged the Boston Celtics on the Kevin Garnett-Doc Rivers negotiations on Wednesday afternoon, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Doc and Danny do see each other Wednesday, and this is the only statment so far from the meeting.
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge met Wednesday evening with the hopes of settling the coach's future with the club, sources told ESPN.
Ainge always has made it clear to Rivers that the team's preference is for him to remain as coach, even after negotiations to allow him to leave for the Los Angeles Clippers broke down on Tuesday morning. However, sources with knowledge of Rivers' thinking say the coach remains unsure about remaining in Boston if the team is headed for a rebuilding process.
"He wants another championship or at least another chance at it," a source close to Rivers said. "He doesn't want to go through a rebuilding process."
Rivers' preference, sources said, is to coach next season. He also would have the option of returning to broadcasting if he did not want to continue with the Celtics and an exit to the Clippers could not be facilitated.
The Clippers, while proceeding with second interviews with Byron Scott and Brian Shaw on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, are keeping an eye on the situation, sources with knowledge of the situation said. If Rivers were to inform Ainge he did not want to coach in Boston next season, it would provide the impetus for talks between the teams to resume immediately.