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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.
With Bledsoe off the table, Danny Ainge requested two first round picks instead but the Clippers again would not pull the trigger. Ainge also requested that either Jason Terry or Courtney Lee be included in the deal.
The completion of a deal between the two teams remains plausible before the NBA Draft on June 27th. For the Clippers, Rivers and Garnett certainly provide Chris Paul reason to re-sign with the club. Such a cast would allow the once-forgotten Clippers to continue separating themselves from the in-town rival Lakers.
As for the Celtics, it would appear that rebuilding has begun and such a deal would allow the C’s to remain competitive in the process. A young nucleus of Bledsoe (hopefully), Jordan, Jeff Green, Avery Bradley and a healthy Rajon Rondo could be very appealing for prospective coaching candidates.
It’s hard to blame the Celtics for desiring significant compensation. They are, after all, offering one of the game’s top coaches and two future Hall of Famers in Garnett and Pierce. However, in the event that Chris Paul signs elsewhere, the Clippers want to keep Bledsoe around as an insurance policy. Rumors have emerged that Bledsoe will be dealt after Paul re-signs, so it’s reasonable for Boston to still inquire about his availability, but unlikely he ends up in green.