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The waiting is the hardest part. At least that’s what the Celtics’ brass must feel like about their coveted head coach. A week after Danny Ainge confirmed to The Boston Globe that Doc Rivers would be returning to the Celtics’ bench next season, we’re still waiting for a direct word from the head coach himself. [...]
It appears the Celtics offseason may be on the verge of coming full circle. Following up Ramona Shelbourne’s report from earlier today about trade talks dying off, multiple reports from just about everywhere have come in this afternoon. The common theme? The Clippers are balking at giving up two first round picks in a deal for Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett, and are looking to move on to other options.
Unlike Saturday when both sides have reached an impasse, this time it looks to be more than posturing, as Danny Ainge told Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe today:
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed to the Globe that the proposed Celtics-Clippers blockbuster deal that would have sent both Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to the Clippers is, in fact, “dead.”
Making matters even more interesting? Ainge still wants Rivers back as head coach, despite all the speculation. What does Doc have to say about all of it?Read the rest of this entry »
The teams have no plans to speak again, the sources said, and the Clippers are preparing to move on and hire a coach this week.
The talks broke down Tuesday morning when the Clippers “refused to budge” on Boston’s latest proposal that asked for DeAndre Jordan, straight up for Garnett, and two first-round draft picks as compensation for allowing Rivers out of the final three-years and $21 million of his contract.
Last night, we were told the Celtics and Clippers had reached another impasse in negotiations. Now, we know why. According to the latest report from Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports the Celtics continue to give ground in the trade negotiations.
After pushing for the Clippers to take back long-term contracts, the Celtics relented and have shown willingness to complete the deal for DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft picks, sources said. The Clippers are willing to give the Celtics Jordan and one draft pick, but were resisting a second future pick, sources said.
The two teams are planning to talk again on Tuesday morning, and the fragile negotiations could climax over the draft pick compensation, sources said.
If the Clippers become the championship contenders that they expected this trade will make them, the additional draft pick would likely be near the end of the first round.
Boston had to move Courtney Lee (three years, $16.2 million left on his deal) or Jason Terry (two years, $10.6 million), for the expiring contracts of Caron Butler ($8 million) or Willie Green ($1.4 million), but the Clippers refused to take on the additional salary in any combination and the Celtics eventually moved back to the Jordan and two draft pick offer on Monday.
So let’s do a quick summation on these negotiations. At first, Ainge was looking for Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Jordan, draft picks, and dumping a contract. Clippers passed on that. Then, he tried again, removing Bledsoe from the deal. Clippers didn’t go for that either. Now we’re down to Jordan and late 1st round picks as the only potential returns from a trade of the team’s head coach and beloved star? Read the rest of this entry »
With the Celtics and Clippers trade talks still at a relative standstill tonight, a platform was needed to discuss the inordinate number of factors shaping any potential deal, as the Celtics are on the verge of revamping their franchise overnight.
In order to break it down, CelticsHub contributor and 98.5 The Sports Hub host Rich Keefe joined me for a special edition of the CelticsHub podcast. Over the action packed 30 minutes, we go back and forth about a number of tough questions facing both the Celtics and Clippers including:
-How much blame should Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge get for the trade talks?
-What does the future hold for the Clippers if they don’t do the deal?
-Which team has more leverage?
-What happens to Paul Pierce?
-If the deal does happen, could Doc Rivers come back and coach the Celtics?
You can listen to the full podcast by clicking the play button below, or download the mp3.
It’s an ever-changing landscape on the trade market right now, with multiple reports coming in that talks between the Celtics and Clippers involving Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers are heating up yet again as we suspected. With an endless flurry of reports and tweets hitting the web at every hour, it’s time to separate the good information from the bad and break down the realistic trade possibilities out there.
–DeAndre Jordan has a trade kicker (15 percent) and is signed for two more seasons. He’s also handsomely overpaid.
–Caron Butler is an expiring contract (8 million). He’s like Paul Pierce, but without the rebounding or defense.
–Eric Bledsoe is a young promising point guard, but is only signed for 2013-14 season. He will be a restricted free agent after that.
–Jason Terry has a trade kicker (7.5 percent). He also has a sizable Celtics tattoo on his arm.
–Kevin Garnett is signed for two more years. The final year of his deal is only partially guaranteed (like Pierce is for next season) at six million dollars.
–All Clippers future draft picks will likely come late in the first round 24-30 range.
–All mentions of Doc Rivers imply that the Celtics would release him from his contract, not include him in a deal itself.
THE CELTICS NO-BRAINER
Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett, and long term mid-level deal (Courtney Lee and/or Jason Terry) for DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe and multiple first round draft picks.
Analysis: A pipe dream for Ainge. He clears the long-term books, sending what would now be overpaid role players packing in Lee and Terry, while also coming out with additional assets (draft picks) and a promising prospect in Bledsoe that could be groomed or dealt for more assets. Read the rest of this entry »