It’s complicated and confusing as hell, but according to the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett, the Celtics have entered formal discussions with the Clippers regarding the future of Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers. Here’s Bulpett on the latest development:
With some clear mutual interest having been established, the situation has progressed to the point where the Celtics and Clippers are now engaging in talks involving Doc Rivers and players. Sources told the Herald today that, while there are still many moving parts in the process, there is now significant impetus from both sides to find common ground. [...] Put simply, the Celts are said to be seeking a deal the Clippers wouldn’t otherwise consider, except for the fact that Rivers is a de facto part of the equation.
Let me break this down for you as simply as I can.
- Doc Rivers would technically be dealt to the Clippers in exchange for draft picks, since Rivers can’t be a part of a player deal. But his inclusion would be part of the considerations as the Celtics looked to move KG. Think of it this way: If we say Doc Rivers’ value is a 10 and the draft picks are a two, some of Doc’s remaining value will carry over into the Garnett deal.
- The Garnett deal is what is currently holding the trade up. The sticking point, according to several Twitter sources, is Clippers’ point guard Eric Bledsoe, who is starting to become one of the more promising young point guards in the NBA. Bledsoe’s extreme explosiveness and defensive tenacity would make him a fun pairing with Avery Bradley in Boston’s backcourt (and, of course, Bledsoe would be a very solid backup for Rajon Rondo). The Clippers, from what I can gather, are trying to avoid trading Bledsoe, preferring to send just DeAndre Jordan to Boston. This SHOULD be a sticking point until Los Angeles caves; there’s no way Jordan should be enough for Garnett.
- According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Doc could speak to Chris Paul as soon as today to make sure he would re-sign if Doc and Garnett came to town, but if Paul is looking for savvy, competitive vets and much, much better coaching than he had last year, he’s not going to find much better than the Clippers potential roster.
- Reports say that Kevin Garnett would waive his no-trade clause if the proposed deal was approved.
- At the moment, according to Ramona Shelburne, Paul Pierce is not a part of the deal, but that is subject to change and it certainly seems plausible that he could be waived so that he can join Garnett and Rivers if he wishes.
My take? If the Celtics are looking to rebuild, this is perhaps the best way they can go about doing it provided they hold out for Bledsoe. They would surround Rondo with a young, athletic roster that probably won’t win many games next year…which might be ideal, given the strong draft class in 2014. KG could finish his careers contending for a championship, and the Celtics get the added bonus of messing with the Lakers by sending one (perhaps two) of Boston’s best players to the Lakers’ crosstown rivals.
If the trade happens, we will have a ton of time to go down memory lane, but for now, we’ll keep you updated as this story develops.
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