Los Angeles Clippers' new head coach Doc Rivers sat down with Sportscenter on Wednesday to address his trade from the Boston Celtics, and he offered a few key thoughts on Kevin Garnett coming out West to join him.
Initially, Rivers and Garnett were to be traded as a pair to the Clippers in a blockbuster swap that would have sent DeAndre Jordan to Boston.
However, after the first trade that would send Rivers to L.A. for a first-round pick neared completion, the NBA ruled that no further deals could go down between the two teams. Under the league's collective bargaining agreement, teams can be sent compensation in the form of cash considerations or draft picks for a coach, but players can't be involved in any way.
The NBA will not approve any subsequent exchange of players between the Clippers and Celtics this summer, and the teams understand that.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 23, 2013
The league took the stance that any additional trades between the two teams could be construed as additional compensation for Rivers in the form of players, thus leaving Garnett behind in Boston.
While some saw it as a bit of a shady move by Rivers to get out of town by any means necessary, it seems that he still does have Boston's best interests at heart.
Not only that, he expressed his love for Garnett, and even hoped that he would stay in Boston, despite the fact that they both were looking to chase a title in Los Angeles:
I don't know how many years KG has, I just want them to be great, I want him to be happy.
He is one of the best you could ever coach, and I don't mean as just a player; he's the best team builder, he's the best teammate, he's the most unselfish superstar I have ever been around, and he deserves happiness. I hope it's in Boston, honestly.
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Garnett is likely going to spend a final season in Boston before retiring, so it looks as if Rivers could get his wish.
While Garnett has been open to leaving Boston, it was really only the Clippers that he expressed interest in thus far, according to Wojnarowski. Not only that, but Rivers told Sportscenter that he thought the Celtics can put together another solid year if they all come back one more time.