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The Boston Globe reports that the scaled down version of the Celtics and Clippers mega deal is also off the table now. Danny Ainge himself has called the deal, ‘dead’, and still expects Doc Rivers to coach the Celtics next season.
News broke Saturday that a deal that would send Rivers, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler was near completion. Talks broke down when the Clippers became reluctant to include Bledsoe in the trade. The two teams resumed negotiations on Monday morning when the Celtics said the Clippers could take Bledsoe off the table if they were willing to take back the contracts of Jason Terry and Courtney Lee. The Clippers once again determined that this was not an option for them.
Late yesterday afternoon talks once again stalled when the Celtics offered a much scaled down version of the deal that was essentially Rivers and Garnett for Jordan and two first-round picks. The Clippers once again backed out because they did not want to sacrifice two picks. Reports also claim that the Clippers got cold feet about the large contract Rivers would require if the Celtics let him out of his current one. The other potential snag is the $3 million trade kicker in Jordan’s contract that the Clippers would have to eat if the deal went down.
Although things appear to be dead at the moment, Clippers star point guard, Chris Paul, can influence talks with his impending free agency. If Paul were to make it clear that he would certainly resign if Rivers and Garnett were aboard, it might force the Clippers’ hand in the matter.
These talks further cloud an offseason of uncertainty for the Celtics, who now have less than two weeks to determine Pierce’s future with the franchise.