The trade that won’t get done again looks like it won’t get done.
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers still haven’t struck a deal to send power forward Kevin Garnett and head coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles in exchange for center DeAndre Jordan and draft picks.
David Stern told ESPN’s Colin Cowherd on “The Herd,” the Celtics and Clippers were trying to break their trade into two separate deals as a way to circumvent the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Stern went to tell Cowherd “We know how to handle that.”
Since the league prohibits trades or signings made with “contingencies or side deals.”
A report surfaced the Clippers were going to forget about Garnett in the meantime and focus on prying Rivers away from the Celtics, a source told Marc Stein and Ramona Shelborne of ESPN.
However, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers are refusing to offer compensation for Rivers.
“After Clippers management privately insisted to people that they were awaiting approval of owner Donald Sterling on draft-pick compensation for Rivers, no offer has been made to the Celtics and there’s growing concern in multiple corners of the these talks that the Clippers’ front office has no authority to meet Boston’s request of a first-round pick to bring Rivers to Los Angeles as coach, league sources told Yahoo! Sports,” writes Wojnarowski.
As the road blocks mount, it’s looking like we never see this deal come to fruition.
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