We started the day with a deal that was basically done and was being sent to Donald Sterling for approval. The deal was supposedly DeAndre Jordan for Kevin Garnett and 2 firsts for the right to sign Doc Rivers. The next thing we know is that David Stern is on the radio telling everyone that these trades won't pass league muster. Some nuggets from dictator Stern:
"The teams are aware that the collective bargaining agreement doesn't authorize trades involving coaches' contracts."
"The only incentives other than player contracts that are permitted in NBA trades are draft picks and cash."
"The teams know that. It has been confirmed to them. ... It can't be gotten around by breaking it up into two transactions."
"There is no separating the two deals at this point because it is obvious all the pieces are part of the same negotiation."
"I would say that if we know that what the parties really wanted to do is one [trade] and they're going to break it into two for the purposes of trying to avoid the restrictions that the collective bargaining agreement places on it, we know how to deal with that as well."
"If you think those [deals], at this point having been all over the media for the last week, are separate transactions, when you get back from Miami, Stephen A., I have a bridge that I would very much enjoy selling to you."
The next thing we heard was that the Clippers were going to concentrate on making the deal for Doc and then work out the deal for KG at a later time. Marc Stein reported that the two teams were discussing other trade scenarios that would satisfy the league's concerns. It was reported that if nothing else could be worked out, they would offer sufficient compensation for Doc, which would also secure Chris Paul, and risk getting only Doc and not KG.
But then, the next thing we see is another article from Wojo saying the Clippers are refusing to give any compensation for Doc.
After Clippers management privately insisted to people that they were awaiting approval of owner Donald Sterling on draft-pick compensation for Rivers, no offer has been made to the Celtics and there's growing concern in multiple corners of these talks that the Clippers' front office has no authority to meet Boston's request of a first-round pick to bring Rivers to Los Angeles as coach, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
As free-agent star Chris Paul pressures the Clippers to get deals done for Rivers and eventually Garnett, the Clippers' unwillingness to make a formal offer to Boston for compensation on Rivers has left many in the process confused, sources said.
Well, I sure am confused. I thought they had already gotten approval to offer compensation for Doc. Now suddenly they don't want to offer anything. I have to say, though, they should expect things like this when dealing with the Clippers. Donald Sterling is one of the least likable people in the NBA for so many reasons. And like I also said in a previous post, the Clipper way is not the Celtic way and that it would be a rude awakening for Doc working for the Clippers after 9 years with an organization like the Celtics.
Of course, all these reports come from those league sources that seem to be everywhere. Who knows who those sources are and how reliable they are. Who knows whether the source is a league official who actually knows what's going on, or someone who just made something up to see if anyone would believe it.
So, now we are back to the deal being in serious jeopardy. Chris Paul still wants Doc. Donald Sterling is still a cheapskate and a bad owner. Doc reportedly wants to coach but could fall back on broadcasting. We haven't heard from KG or Paul Pierce. And the draft is in one week and the Celtics are in turmoil. Danny still says he wants Doc back, but Doc doesn't want any part of a rebuild. Could Danny bring back the whole gang and give it one more run? Or will he try another tactic? One thing I know for sure, they need to settle this one way or the other so that the Celtics can get on with the work of preparing for next season.
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