Source tells ESPN that Celts & Clips have today begun discussing new trade scenarios to try to satisfy league's misgivings on these deals
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 20, 2013
I reported that the league had some questions about the deals between the Celtics and the Clippers. According to NBA rules, side agreements or contingencies are prohibited in any trade or free-agent signing. Those rules also prohibit coaches from being traded; teams can convey cash or draft picks as compensation to get a coach under contract released from those obligations.
Even though the teams are proposing the KG-Jordan trade as a separate deal from the 2 draft picks for the right to sign Doc as coach, there just can't be any way to paint it other than the fact that if Doc doesn't coach the Clippers, KG doesn't waive his no trade clause to go there. The two deals are intricately intertwined and it's going to be hard for the teams to prove differently.
But, now Marc Stein is reporting that the two teams have gone back to the drawing board and are working on a different trade scenario that would make the player trade seem less dependent on the Coach signing. When it emerges again, the trade might include other players and compensation.
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