Although the rumored deal between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers was proclaimed “dead”by several sources yesterday. until the Clippers hire a coach (and it appears they are down to former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, current Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw and possibly former Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans (Well, New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets) head coach Byron Scott), it’s hard to believe the deal is truly dead.
Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Celtics’ requirement of two first round draft picks from the Clippers isn’t the hold up, writing “the Clippers still want to see what the Celtics will do with forward Paul Peirce.” Turner adds the Celtics have until June 30 to decide whether to buy out Pierce’s $15.3-million contract next season for $5 million.”
With Chris Paul’s set to become a free agent this summer, the Clippers probably feel like they have to do something to improve the team (and Paul probably feels the same way). The Clippers finally have a superstar leading a talented team and have to improve upon it.
From Boston’s perspective, last year’s run (which included a seven-game series against the eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers and a seven-game series loss to the Miami Heat, in which Chris Bosh only played in three games) seemingly forced Danny Ainge to keep the team together and replace Ray Allen with veterans Jason Terry and Courtney Lee. All that really did was delay their rebuild for a season. Despite good young players like Avery Bradley, Jeff Green and Rajon Rondo, if Boston were to deal Pierce and Garnett, they could probably still fight for lottery spot in what should be a loaded draft class in 2014 (headlined by Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker).
In other words, the reason to believe this isn’t dead is because both teams need to make this deal.
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