At this time, there is no set timetable for a deal and its unclear if anything will actually happen, but reports indicate that the two teams are “deep in discussion” at the moment. The indication within the potential blockbuster deal includes both Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett and this comes on the heels of a week in which the Celtics head coach clearly indicated that a change of scenery may be the best option as Boston is looking to rebuild.
In exchange for Garnett and Rivers, the Clippers would reportedly include DeAndre Jordan and two first round picks. Danny Ainge however, may want more and the indication is that the deal may need to include combo guard Eric Bledsoe. This is by far the stiffest rumor of an NBA off-season that has technically not even begun, as Game 5 of the NBA Finals is set for Sunday night.
In all however, this appears to be the mos stable of the rumors between the two sides. Rivers, who still has three years and $21 million on his contract with the Celtics, cannot technically be included in the deal. However, it’s been made public that Boston would release him from his obligations in order for things to pan out, accordingly.
While initial reaction to this deal simply indicates that Boston would be headed south, it’s important to consider what Ainge is rebuilding with. The return of a healthy Rajon Rondo mixed in with a budding Jeff Green is a great start and at the moment, the Celtics still have a decision to make regarding Boston legend, Paul Pierce. Throw Jordan and Bledsoe into the mix with a lineup that still features a number of reliable role players and Boston isn’t taking a major hit — not to mention its a move that would seriously allow them to brighten their future in terms of rebuilding.
As for the Clippers, well Los Angeles would certainly have a major selling point to offer free agent point guard Chris Paul, which would include a front court of Garnett and Blake Griffin, not to mention Rivers at the helm.
Hang tight, more on this situation is sure to arise soon enough.
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