You can't make this up. Talks between the Clippers and Celtics to allow the Clippers to sign Doc Rivers to coach their team are taking a break so that the Clippers' owner can take another coaching candidate, Brian Shaw, out to dinner. I'm wondering if Brian Shaw feels used. Actually maybe Danny should join in on that dinner because I'd love to see Brian Shaw hired in Boston if Doc goes to LA.
With Chris Paul driving the discussions this time, word from ESPNLA is that the Clippers have relented on their previous unwillingness to surrender only one first-round pick to the Celtics for the privilege to sign Doc Rivers.
Both teams are hoping that an agreement can be reached on Thursday. The deals must be submitted as two separate deals to secure league approval. One deal would be a center swap of Kevin Garnett for DeAndre Jordan. The second deal would be the 2 first round draft picks for allowing Doc out of the non-compete clause in his contract. It's not clear if other players will be involved or if Danny can indeed get them to take on either Jason Terry's or Courtney Lee's contract. But, any player trade must be completely separate from any deal involving Doc Rivers. From the ESPNLA article:
Sources say the Clippers and Celtics, to push the trade through, will have to convince the league office that the deals were not contingent upon each other. According to NBA rules, side agreements or contingencies are prohibited in any trade or free-agent signing. 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.
When the talks between the teams broke off on Tuesday, Danny and Doc were to meet today, with Danny still insisting that he wants Doc back in Boston to coach the Celtics. But, according to the ESPNLA article, Doc doesn't want any part of rebuilding in Boston and wants a chance at another ring.
Ainge eepeatedly has insisted the team's preference is for him to remain as coach, even after negotiations to allow him to leave for the Clippers broke down Tuesday morning. But sources with knowledge of Rivers' thinking maintain he no longer wants to coach the Celtics if the team wants to go young.
"He wants another championship or at least another chance at it," one source close to Rivers said. "He doesn't want to go through a rebuilding process."
Rivers' preference, sources said, is to coach next season. He also would have the option of returning to broadcasting if he did not want to continue with the Celtics and an exit to the Clippers could not be facilitated.
They also reiterate that the Clippers are willing to pay Doc $7 million per year for 5 years. To me, it's kind of like when someone has an affair with somebody who is married and then expects them to be faithful. If that's the way Doc feels, I'm ready for him to be gone. But I sure will miss KG. There is also the issue of what to do with Paul Pierce if Doc and KG are definitely gone. The ideal would be to trade Pierce in order to get back even more assets for the rebuild. Danny has until June 30 to make the decision on Pierce's 5 million dollar buyout.
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