The back and forth between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers regarding Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett heading to L.A. seem once again reportedly off.
Several outlets, including ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, are reporting the Clippers pulled out because they were unwilling to give up an extra first round draft pick as compensation for Rivers. According to Shelburne's report, the teams have no plans to talk again and the Clippers are moving on with a second round of head coaching interviews with Lionel Hollins, Brian Shaw and Byron Scott.
Things could change by the hour here, but as of right now this deal is not happening.
So where do both teams go from here?
I am in the camp that Doc Rivers cannot coach this team again unless it goes through a major overhaul. If the Celtics simply add some pieces around the fringe, it is going to be hard to believe many returning players will want to play for Rivers. How can they think that their coach believes in them if he just tried ...