Steve Bulpett is reporting in the Herald that now that the cat is out of the bag and everyone knows that Doc and the Clippers have a mutual admiration society, the teams have begun talks that could lead to a deal getting done.
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.
Beyond finding agreement on players to be included, the likelihood that an agreement can be reached is hindered by the general collective bargaining rules regarding player trades, which can tend to make major moves a difficult needle to thread. The compensation for Rivers would, in a strict sense, be draft picks, but his imprint would be on the player transaction, as well. 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.
We know that there were rumors that Danny tried to trade his veterans to the Clippers at last year's trade deadline but nothing got done. Reportedly, the now departed Vinnie DelNegro was on board with the trade, but management was not. It's clear if the Clippers want Doc, he will also be on board with bringing his vets along with him. The question is whether the Clippers front office will want Doc enough to part with the assets it will take to get a deal done.
And, we wouldn't want the ever present sources to be left out of this story. Bulpett quotes those omnipresent sources to let us know that Doc still loves the Celtics, even though he wants to ditch them if he possibly can.
According to a source close to Rivers, the coach wants to make sure the Celtics emerge from the deal in a better position to transition from the Paul Pierce-Garnett era.
"Doc wants this to be a win-win," he said. "He still feels very strongly about the Celtics and Danny (Ainge, the club's president of basketball operations).
"If (the Celtics) can’t work things out with the Clippers, then Doc would have no problem going back and coaching. He just wants to make sure that if he does go, the Celtics come out of it stronger."
But according to another league source, there is some measure of posturing going on.
"Doc has to say that," this person said. "I'm sure he still cares about the Celtics, but he'd be leaving them just when it's time to rebuild. That doesn’t look too good. If Boston can get a good deal out of this, that takes some of the heat off him."
As for whether KG would waive his no trade clause to join his coach in LA, the ever reliable Wojo has that covered.
If Celtics and Clippers can finalize a deal that includes Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett will waive his no-trade clause, league sources tell Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 15, 2013
Maybe now that the teams are finally talking and it's not just a "he said, he said, they said" situation in the media, we will finally get this thing settled soon and can go back to our regularly scheduled off season.
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