NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics and Clippers deal is back on and Heating up

The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers killed their deal to trade Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Clippers two days ago. Now, as expected, its back on. With a little help from Chris Paul, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports, the deal is back on and heating up.

With a full understanding that free agent Chris Paul wants this deal completed, the Los Angeles Clippers re-engaged the Boston Celtics on the Kevin Garnett-Doc Rivers negotiations on Wednesday afternoon, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Clippers walked away from the talks on Monday morning, insisting that Boston’s asking price ofDeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks was too steep of a price for Garnett.

The Clippers have long been a franchise ridiculed by the rest of the league. It seems that they have become serious about spending money in order to retain Chris Paul–something that Donald Sterling has been very coy with in the past.

To complete this deal, the Clippers will have to extend Doc Rivers already lucrative contract and pay a trade kicker of $3.5 million to send Deandre Jordan to the Celtics. Right now, Woj reports, the deal is only hinging on a single first round draft pick. The Celtics want to first round picks and Deandre Jordan in return for Rivers and Garnett.

ESPN’s Marc Stein has taken to twitter to report that things have been progressing on the trade front and it seems that a deal will get done very soon.


It seems that the Celtics and Rivers were aware that it would be hard to repair the damage that has already been done by requesting a trade. With Rivers not wanting to be in a rebuilding phase and Garnett likely on the way out along with Pierce, this seems like the proper direction to go in.

Chris Paul really wants to play with Garnett and be coached by Rivers. There isn’t a better situation in the league for Rivers or Garnett. And if Pierce comes along later in the summer after the Celtics waive his contract, they’ll get the last run on a competitive team that they all want.

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