NBA Trade Rumors: The Deal between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers is off

Feb 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (left) and Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (right) exchange words during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The reported deal between the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics to send Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to play for the Clippers is off. The Clippers weren’t willing to give what the Celtics’ asked for and that’s why the deal was broken. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Clippers had “cold feet” when discussing the deal and the payouts they’d have to make.

 

This is huge news for both sides of the deal. With the trade off–for now, at least–both sides have to return to the way things were. Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers have to return to the Celtics for another season with the team.

The Clippers have to keep whatever they had on the table–which should be easy. However, this shows Chris Paul that you weren’t willing to give what it takes to win. That could possibly be a deal breaker between Paul and the Clippers.

Its going to be weird for Rivers to return to this very same team that he was trying to get away from. Most of the deals that the Celtics have on their books are long term ones. These players wanted to be coached by Doc Rivers. For him to try to make this move behind their backs seems like a backhanded gesture by Rivers.

This is just a really weird situation and it will likely continue to be. This is likely not done by no means. Lets not forget when the trade between the Clippers and the New Orleans Hornets was “dead”. Now Chris Paul is walking around in a Clippers jersey.

Keep your eyes open for trade talks heating back up. If it happens, it has to be relatively soon before June 30th. The Clippers coaching search should continue for now.

Topics: Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnettt, Los Angeles Clippers

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