The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have broken off trade talks that would have reportedly sent Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to the West Coast after the two sides were unable to agree on proper compensation, according to Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe:
Danny Ainge confirms to the @BostonGlobe that the proposed Clippers-Celtics deal is, in fact, dead.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) June 18, 2013
CBS insider Ken Berger is reporting that it was Los Angeles that pulled out of the deal:
The Clippers informed the Celtics today they are pulling out of the Rivers-Garnett trade talks. "It just got to be too much," source said.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 18, 2013
Yahoo! Sports NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski revealed some specifics about why the deal faltered:
As Clippers-Celtics talks fall apart, several sources tell Y! that Clippers had "cold feet' on the financial payouts needed to close deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 18, 2013
Clippers refused to give additional 1st-round pick, but ultimately $35M extension for Rivers and $3M-plus Jordan trade kicker played part.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 18, 2013
This likely ends the chances that Boston deals Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles for now, but the fact that both sides were already approaching a deal means the interest could still be there this offseason.
USA Today’s Sam Amick is skeptical that this is the end of this proposed deal:
Being told talks died between Clips and Celtics over Doc Rivers/Kevin Garnett et al. Will believe it when Clips hire someone,but that's word— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 18, 2013
The problem for the Celtics now is that the team already tried to move Rivers and Garnett, so repairing that relationship may not be easy. While Wojnarowski is reporting that Boston general manager Danny Ainge wants Rivers back as the team’s head coach, there is a chance the trade talks have frayed the relationship, as Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix reports:
Danny Ainge has called Doc Rivers to tell him that talks are done, sources tell Y! Sports. Ainge told him he still wants him as coach.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 18, 2013
Sentiment around the league is that Doc Rivers/Boston has reached point of no return, regardless of the outcome of Clippers talks.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 17, 2013
Wojnarowski is also reporting the longtime Boston head coach may not want to stay:
After talks in a blockbuster deal fall apart over draft pick compensation, Doc Rivers is unsure about returning to the Ainge's price to complete the deal. There were no discussions about discussing other ways to complete the deal, sources said.as coach, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday. ... The Clippers informed the Celtics on Tuesday morning that they were unwilling to meet
Rivers still has three years on his current contract with the Celtics—$7 million per year—and with his willingness to leave the franchise, there are serious questions of whether or not he should return to the team next season.
Garnett signed a three-year extension in July of 2012, but with trade talks boiling and his name at the center of this potential deal, the possibility that the future Hall of Famer could consider retirement grows with every failed proposal.
Boston must figure out what the future holds for Rivers and Garnett before the situation gets ugly.