Doc Rivers exits stage right, heading out west to coach the Los Angeles Clippers, pending league approval. (Photo courtesy of WEEI)

After weeks of wondering what the future of the Boston Celtics would look like, and the recent on-and-off discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers, the new era of the Celtics begins.

According to multiple sources, including ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan and Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Doc Rivers and the Clippers have agreed to send an unprotected 2015 first round draft pick to the Celtics in exchange for Boston releasing Rivers from the three years remaining on his five-year, $35 million dollar contract. The Clippers will then sign Rivers for an identical three years, $21 million. Continue reading Celtics Start Rebuilding, Give Doc Rivers to the Clippers »

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Kevin Garnett, DeAndre Jordan

Multiple sources have reported that trade talks between the Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have resumed after previously being called off because of Boston’s steep asking price. The Clippers contacted the Celtics Thursday afternoon to revive negotiations.

Discussions reportedly ended yesterday after news of a potential mega-deal emerged over the weekend. Ultimately the two sides could not agree on terms regarding the inclusion of Eric Bledsoe or similar compensation. The original deal involved Bledsoe, center DeAndre Jordan and swingman Caron Butler for Celtics’ head coach Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett. It is thought that Paul Pierce would follow Doc and KG to L.A. Continue reading Report: Celtics and Clippers Revive Trade Talks »

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According to a source from Boston Globe, Doc River’s ‘dream scenario’ is to coach Kevin Garnett on the Los Angeles Clippers next season.  The Celtics currently have Rivers locked up for three more years at $21 million, and Garnett under contract for the next two.

This afternoon, multiple media outlets reported that the Celtics and Clippers are engaged in discussions of a trade that would send Rivers, Garnett, and Paul Pierce to LA, for a deal built around DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe, Caron Butler and draft picks. The Clippers are reluctant to include Bledsoe in any such deal, and his exclusion could derail the talks entirely.
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ESPN is reporting that sources close to Doc Rivers say that the Celtics coach thinks it “might be time for a change”, in regards to his relationship with the club. Rivers has been non-committal about his coaching future over the last several weeks following the Celtics first round playoff exit. Rivers has been around the team as they evaluate players for the upcoming NBA Draft.

The obvious reason for Rivers uncertainty regarding his future most surely comes from his close relationship with stars, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Pierce’s future with the Celtics is murky given that only $5 million of his $15 million contract is guaranteed for next season. The Celtics don’t appear to be close to championship contention with the way the team is currently constructed, and many think it might be time for the Celtics to move on from the Pierce era.
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Let’s assume for a moment that Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett all walk back through the proverbial door (as Rick Pitino might say). If this indeed is the case, then Celtics GM, Danny Ainge, will be hard pressed to find ways to improve the Celtics roster given the strict rules of the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement.

Currently, the Celtics are right on the cusp of the NBA’s luxury tax threshold, meaning that the only money available to them in free-agency is the $3 million mini-midlevel exception and minimum salary contracts.This means that the Celtics best option to upgrade their roster will be with trades for ‘buy low’ players- Players who have talent but haven’t lived up to their contracts with their current teams. Continue reading Four Buy-Low Options for Celtics »

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Dwight Howard and Jason Collins (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Amidst rumors at last season’s trade deadline, the Celtics were also on an epic west coast road trip, but they had just won two games in a row. Many viewed the Celtics strong play after last season’s All-Star break as an emphatic statement that Paul Pierce and crew wanted to keep the band together for one more run.

Fast forward 11 months and the rumors are the same, but the Celtics performance is different. Pierce scored 26 points, but the Celtics had no way to slow down Dwight Howard in a 113-99 loss to the Lakers Wednesday night at Staples Center.

Howard finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds in what was one of his most aggressive performances of the season. Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant combined for 30 points and 14 assists, and were two of seven Lakers to score in double figures.
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Kris Humphries, Paul Pierce (AP/Michael Dwyer)

According to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Brooklyn Nets have offered the Celtics forward Kris Humphries, guard MarShon Brooks and a first-round pick in exchange for Celtics forward Paul Pierce.

The Celtics reportedly declined the trade, but the two teams have been in talks about a deal for Pierce. The Celtics want forward Mirza Teletovic and maybe another first-round pick included in the deal, but the Nets are unwilling to pay such a steep price for Pierce.

Pierce, 35, is averaging 18 points per game, but is shooting just 41 percent from the field, his worst mark in eight years, as Wojnarowski points out. Continue reading Celtics Trade Rumors: Nets Offer Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks for Paul Pierce »

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