Celtics Rumors: Boston Trying to Trade Kevin Garnett, Doc Rivers to Clippers

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIJune 15, 2013

The 2013 NBA offseason is shaping up to be one of extraordinary measures, as stars are becoming free agents and the draft is looming. Surprisingly, two teams are taking the league by storm before free agency can commence, as the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers are taking over the rumor mill.

UPDATE: Tuesday, June 18, at 1:59 a.m. ET by Eric Ball

The latest rumor regarding this potential epic blockbuster changes a major dynamic of the deal. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics are now willing to make the trade without Eric Bledsoe being involved: 

After pushing for the Clippers to take back long-term contracts, the Celtics relented and have shown willingness to complete the deal for DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft picks, sources said. The Clippers are willing to give the Celtics Jordan and one draft pick, but were resisting a second future pick, sources said. 

The two teams are planning to talk again on Tuesday morning, and the fragile negotiations could climax over the draft pick compensation, sources said.

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UPDATE: Monday, June 17, at 9:59 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Fans of both the Celtics and Clippers can breathe easy tonight as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that a trade will not be made this evening:

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UPDATE: Monday, June 17, at 5:59 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that the entire trade hinges on the Clippers' ability to land Doc Rivers, which contradicts Saturday's report from Brad Turner of the Los Angeles TimesBerger confirms from his sources that DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe are the key parts of the potential trade for the Clippers, while Kevin Garnett is the main man for the Celtics. 

The Boston Globe reports that while the two sides are negotiating back and forth, Doc Rivers himself isn't quite sure what he wants to do going forward.
Meanwhile, a source close to Rivers told the Globe that Rivers is still grappling with the decision, especially as the trade gets more complicated and negotiations more contentious. The talk of the Clippers acquiring Paul Pierce in the trade are remote, especially since the Celtics would have to honor his deal and send him to the Clippers with a $15 million salary. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 15, at 8:32 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Los Angeles Times reporter Brad Turner, the Clippers are no longer interested in Doc Rivers:

Turner also added this:

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics and Clippers are in talks for a trade that is built around 37-year-old center Kevin Garnett and head coach Doc Rivers. Per Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, the Clippers believe they can also land Paul Pierce.

Boston's "Big Three" could be joining L.A. as a collective group.

The key to this deal is the Clippers' willingness to include point guard Eric Bledsoe, who is viewed as L.A.'s safety blanket in case Chris Paul signs elsewhere. That reality has become surprisingly real, as Paul and Dwight Howard are rumored to be interested in signing somewhere together.

The exact terms of the deal are reported to include Bledsoe, DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft choices in exchange for Garnett and Rivers.

Boston and Los Angeles are discussing a package that will send [Eric Bledsoe], DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks to the Celtics for Garnett and the right to hire Rivers as coach, sources said.

Garnett will waive his no-trade clause to go to the Clippers, where he'll be reunited with Rivers and likely Celtics assistant Ty Lue, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Per Stein and Shelburne's report, Pierce could be joining the frenzy.

Known for being frugal, Clippers owner Donald Sterling is reportedly prepared to pay Rivers somewhere close to $7 million. Rivers currently has three years and $21 million remaining on his deal with the Celtics.

As for what this means for CP3's future, Wojnarowski reports that Rivers will speak with Paul about his potential decision to re-sign.

Last night, Marc Stein of ESPN reported that Rivers, Garnett and Paul Pierce are all hoping to relocate to Los Angeles. If these reports hold true, then that dream could become a reality and the trio could remain in tact as they move to a new city.

As Shelburne and Stein report, L.A. firmly believes they can make it happen.

The Clippers, who have approached this offseason aggressively after a disappointing first-round playoff loss to the Grizzlies, privately see themselves as well positioned to resurrect the trade discussions these teams had in February should Boston decide that it's not prepared to being back Pierce and Garnett.

For what it's worth, both sides attempted to get a similar deal done at the 2013 NBA trade deadline.