There is no need to fret about the futures of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett with the Boston Celtics, because Stephen A. Smith already knows what is about to happen. The ESPN analyst can also clue you in on the future of coach Doc Rivers in Boston and those of Eric Bledsoe, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Caron Butler with the Los Angeles Clippers.
While on ESPN's First Take, Smith spoke of a trade rumor that had been discussed between the Celtics and Clippers. And when I pen "discussed," I really mean this is a rumor Smith more likely manufactured himself (via Kurt Heilin of NBC Sports' ProBasketballTalk):
The proposal allegedly being discussed was Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Clippers for Blake Griffin, Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Jordan and Caron Butler. Then Doc Rivers would walk away from the Celtics this summer and sign on to coach the Clippers in place of a canned Vinny Del Negro.
Forgive me for indulging in the absurd, but I simply could not resist.
Few things make less sense than this potential accord would, and Smith himself knows it. He has already elected to play the "anything can happen" card.
When someone says that, it usually means they are hurling Jello at the wall and hoping it sticks. This batch of gelatin will not, because we are smarter than that.
I have no doubt that Garnett would consider waiving his no-trade clause for the Clippers if Pierce was still by his side. I also still believe that Chris Paul would welcome the opportunity to play alongside KG.
I sincerely doubt that this "rumor" holds any validity, though.
As injury prone as Griffin is, why would the Clippers ship out a top-15 superstar—along with two other young talents—for a pair of aging stars on the wrong side of 35? Do they hate Jordan that much?
No disrespect to Pierce and Garnett, but Los Angeles could (likely) fetch a far more appealing package if it is dangling Bledsoe and Jordan in the same deal.
And why, all of a sudden, is Rivers leaving Boston as well? Is he attached at the hip to Pierce and Garnett?
Puh-lease. Let's be real. A startling concept, I know, but let's try it.
The Celtics have already called this steaming pile of unfounded conjecture "absurd," and Danny Ainge has made it clear that he expects Rivers to be back on the sidelines in Boston next season.
"From all I know, Doc will be back,” Ainge said (via Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald).
Clearly, Ainge does not have the kind of access Smith does. Smith is so well connected that he knows about trades that Boston's general manager doesn't.
If that seems impossible, it's because it is.
The futures of Garnett and Pierce in Boston are in doubt, and there could come a point where one, or both, is traded. One could even be sent to the Clippers (doubtful). If and when that time comes, though, the Celtics will (likely) not be landing Griffin of all people in return.
My apologies to Stephen A., but this one just isn't going to work out in his favor. Such is the peril of using a chimerical crystal ball as a reputable source.