Earlier today, we expected the trade talk between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers to pick back up some time before the NBA draft next Thursday.
According to Adrian Wojnrowski of Yahoo, it has.
Wojnarowski says the talks have been restarted at the urging of superstar point guard Chris Paul, who “wants the deal completed.” Paul, who will become a very agent next month, has a desire to play for current Celtics coach Doc Rivers and with current power forward Kevin Garnett. That “ has been a significant motivator for Los Angeles.”
The deal would involve DeAndre Jordan and draft picks heading to Boston in return for Garnett, one of two veterans guards – Jason Terry or Courtney Lee and essentially Rivers.
The Clippers supposedly thought giving up two first round picks was too steep of a price to pay and Wojanrowski reports, citing a source that it continues to be about the draft pick and “the money is not a hang-up in this right now.”
The proposed deal does not include Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe.
Wojnarowski, again citing a source, says “privately, Clippers officials are expressing a stronger optimism about getting a deal complete.”
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