UPDATE 8:18 pm: The talks have apparently stalled out. Which shouldn’t be shocking. But things are stalled out, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports as well as others.
The Celtics want DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe and two first round picks for Kevin Garnett and the right to talk to and sign Doc Rivers. The Clippers reportedly have offered Jordan and one first rounder, not wiling to part with both Bledsoe and Jordan. And right now things are at an impasse. Not dead, but stalled out.
5:12 pm: What seemed like a long shot is moving closer and closer to reality.
The Clippers are getting closer and closer to bringing in Kevin Garnett to anchor their defense just like Vinny Del Negro wanted. Except Del Negro isn’t there to coach them.
Talks have gotten serious between the Clippers and Celtics around a deal that would send KG to Los Angeles as well as the rights to sign Doc Rivers as a coach, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
The final hurdle of a deal centers on the Clippers’ willingness to include guard Eric Bledsoe into a trade package with Boston, sources said.
Boston and Los Angeles are discussing a package that will send DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks to the Celtics for Garnett and the right to hire Rivers as coach, sources said.
The report adds that both sides want to get this taken care of in the next couple of days or they will walk away from the table.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports the reason the Clippers want to keep Bledsoe is they want to package him and Blake Griffin to try and trade for Dwight Howard after July 1. The Lakers want to re-sign Howard and keep him as their star, but if they were going to lose him for nothing they would consider a sign-and-trade options — but not ones from the Lakers. They are highly unlikely to send their best player down the hall, no matter who is coming back.
While the Clippers like Rivers and the pedigree he brings, the Clippers were very impressed with Lionel Hollins in his coaching interview this week, tweets Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. That gives the Clippers some leverage in these talks to hold on to Bledsoe for now — they feel they are going to land a great coach either way.
Garnett would have to waive his no trade clause, but he is expected to do that for this deal. Chris Paul is a free agent but everyone around the league thinks he will re-sign with Clippers this summer, regardless of whether this trade happens or not.
The Clippers are also talking with the Celtics about getting Paul Pierce. However, this likely would be two separate deals and not one huge package. A pierce trade would happen at a later date.
This is a clear sign that Boston is moving closer and closer to blowing the entire thing up and ending the “Big Three” era. It is possible Doc, Garnett and Pierce are back in green next season, but it seems less and less likely.
For the Clippers, this is an all-in move as a contender, because KG has a window of a year or two, tops. That owner Donald Sterling is willing to come close to the $7 million a year Doc Rivers was making in Boston shows he is much more committed to winning than he gets credit for.