By Jay King
Serious blockbuster discussions between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers, which would have resulted in Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers changing coasts, might be finished with no deal reached.
Or maybe it’s just posturing.
According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers have decided to move forward from their pursuit of Rivers and will offer their vacant head coaching position to either Brian Shaw or Lionel Hollins next week. The Orange County Register’s Dan Woike added that while talks between Boston and Los Angeles have indeed stalled at least for now, it could just be posturing.
A dizzying flurry of reports descended on Saturday as discussions between the two teams grew serious. The talks reportedly centered around a swap of DeAndre Jordan and two draft picks for Garnett and the right to hire Rivers, although at least one report indicated that the Clippers only want to part with one first-rounder. The Celtics also reportedly wanted Eric Bledsoe in the deal but the Clippers didn’t (or at least haven’t) budge (-d), with one report saying they actually grew frustrated by Boston’s demands.
Perhaps they were frustrated enough to pull the plug on discussions altogether. Turner reported that Rivers has been informed the Clippers won’t accept the Celtics’ offer and is “prepared to stay in Boston,” but Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski indicated that talks aren’t necessarily done.