Celtics, Clippers still talking deal for Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett


Multiple reports Monday said the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers were still discussing the framework of a deal that could send Boston coach Doc Rivers and forward Kevin Garnett to L.A.

ESPN.com reported Monday night that the Clippers were "adamant" about leaving guard Eric Bledsoe out of the deal, and that the sides could agree to Los Angeles taking the contracts of either Courtney Lee or Jason Terry from Boston. Yahoo Sports added late Monday that the Celtics ended their pursuit of Bledsoe in a trade, hoping instead for DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft picks.

The Los Angeles Daily News and the Sports Xchange reported this weekend that Garnett has a no-trade clause that he would waive to make the deal happen.

Yahoo Sports reported earlier Monday that the teams had hopes of completing a deal Monday night, though no deal was announced. It also reported that the Clippers were prepared to give Rivers -- who led Boston to an NBA championship in the 2007-08 season -- a four-to five-year deal, and that the acquisition of Garnett would "lock up" Los Angeles re-signing guard Chris Paul.

Sports Illustrated also reported that Paul re-signing with Los Angeles is likely if the trade occurs.

Garnett joined the Celtics in 2007 as part of a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, joining Paul Pierce and Ray Allen as part of Boston's latest "Big Three." The Celtics won the title in the trio's first season, and lost to the Lakers in seven games in the Finals two years later. Allen signed with the Miami Heat after last season.


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