It seems that, for now, the trade talks between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics regarding Kevin Garnett and Eric Bledsoe have come to a halt.
According to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics were looking to deal Kevin Garnett for Eric Bledsoe, Deandre Jordan, and other peices and was willing to deal Paul Pierce for Josh Smtih after Garnett was dealt.
The Celtics have been eager to continue the conversation on the deal, but league sources said the talks will remain dormant unless Clippers star Chris Paul pushes the issue with management.
Several prominent executives and coaches with championship contenders told Yahoo! Sports they believe the Clippers would become more dangerous with Garnett.
Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro is a proponent of the deal, too, sources said.
The Celtics won’t consider moving Garnett to the Clippers for any other combination of players, and won’t revisit the talks unless Bledsoe and Jordan are in the package, sources said.
Boston hasn’t approached Garnett to waive his no-trade clause without an agreement in place, but there’s strong belief he would ultimately agree to it. What’s more, Boston could simply trade Paul Pierce and leave Garnett with even less desire to finish his career with a young, rebuilding roster.
Dealing Garnett is interesting enough, and obviously if Garnett is dealt that would mark the final moment of the Big Three era. The new roster that would be a mixture of youth and experience. They’d have a Rajon Rondo and Eric Bledsoe backcourt. That has worlds of potential defensively. Especially when pairing them with Deandre Jordan and Josh Smith.
It’s definitely an interesting inquiry, but Ainge came out today and said that–like many other GMs–that he isn’t looking to deal anyone right now. We’ll see how things play out between the Clippers and the Celtics. Normally, where ther is smoke there is fire. That’s not the last time you’ll hear that between now and Thursday.