Los Angeles Clippers Changing Plans With Boston Celtics; Will Look to Land Doc Rivers First

By Paul Seaver
David Butler II-USA Today Sports

Change of plans — I mean would you expect anything else?

Since last Saturday, the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics have been heavily engaged in trade talks that have virtually made zero progress since then. From one snag to another, the two sides reportedly reached an agreement, but it did not comply with NBA guidelines, therefore it was shut down by NBA commissioner, David Stern.

The basis behind the incomplete talks deals directly with the way the trade had been structured.

So, now onto the new strategy — the Clippers want to apparently pursue Doc Rivers first and then gamble and worry about Kevin Garnett and potentially Paul Pierce later.

According to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Los Angeles is showing no willingness however, to send a first round draft pick to Boston for Rivers. What do they expect from Danny Ainge and the Celtics? How do they plan on splitting these two sides and taking a gamble on Garnett and Pierce at a later date?

Los Angeles wants Rivers. That’s obvious. They want him even more so because it enhances their hopes of landing Chris Paul. The Clippers need to figure out what they plan to do before trying to re-enter trade talks. They’ve done way too much assuming in this deal and trade talks have struggled because of it.

Do they really expect Boston to just hand Rivers over? This is just putting the two teams back to square one when initial reports surfaced about Doc wanting a “change of scenery.”

What a mess.


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