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Celtics plan Doc Rivers press conference, call it off. What does that mean? Who knows.


At this point, the Celtics might as well invite the Ringling Brothers into this process, because their talks with the Clippers are already a circus.

Here is what we do know:

• The Clippers still want to do a deal with Boston that would pass muster with the league, something where the Clippers send picks in compensation for the rights to sign Doc Rivers right now. Then in a few weeks they would revisit any Kevin Garnett for DeAndre Jordan trade talks. But that would be totally separate. What could possibly give you the idea they are connected?

• The Celtics called a press conference for noon Eastern on Monday where Doc Rivers and GM Danny Ainge were to address the media (and you don’t really do that if the guy is leaving). But then that presser was abruptly called off and re-scheduled for Monday. That buys the Celtics and Clippers 72 more hours to talk, at least.

All that leaves us with is a ton of questions.

Was the Boston press conference a bluff to force the Clippers back to the table? If so, it worked, apparently.

Are the two sides really any closer to a deal?

Is there a deal the two sides could reach that the league would sign off on, or in three weeks or a month would the league squash a Garnett for Jordan trade?

Is there any way Rivers, Garnett and Paul Pierce could still come back to Boston for one more year? Does Rivers even want to come back?

How badly do the Clippers really want to do a deal? There is a theory among some around the league that the Clippers restarted talks because Chris Paul asked them to and they want to keep him happy so he will re-sign, but they don’t really want to give up this much so they are just going through the motions. People around the Clippers don’t buy that, but it’s out there.

This entire situation is a circus.

I will add this — if this doesn’t come together the teams have nobody to blame but themselves. There have been more leaks around this trade than the Titanic. Because of that it’s been in the media as a connected deal — Rivers, Garnett and Pierce to the Clippers for a variety of different packages headed back East — everyone knows what they were trying to do. Including the league office. If the sides had been quiet and the Clippers traded Jordan and a couple picks for Garnett, then a couple of weeks later Doc Rivers was let go and just ended up in Los Angeles, they might have been fine. But by te time everything had been leaked and there were all these discussions, it was obvious it was all linked.

They shot themselves in the foot on this one.


Doc Rivers, Celtics’ GM Ainge meet Wednesday to discuss what’s next

Doc Rivers

Now that the drama of Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett headed the Clippers trade talk has subsided, it’s time for everyone in Boston to act like adults and end this soap opera.

To that end, Rivers and Celtics GM Danny Ainge are expected to sit down face-to-face Wednesday and talk, Ainge told the Boston Herald.

“I am meeting with Doc tomorrow,” Ainge confirmed to the Herald. “He’s coming to town. He was coming to town before the events of today, so we were planning on meeting tomorrow anyway….

“I don’t know if anything will be decided tomorrow or if anything will be resolved,” said Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations. “I just know that I’m meeting with him.”

Through everything Ainge has said publicly (and leaked plenty) that he wants Rivers back to coach the team. Those two have a great relationship.

Most likely Rivers would only come back for one more year if Ainge guarantees him Paul Pierce will not be bought out or traded, and if Kevin Garnett decides to play one more season in Boston. They are a group package — if one goes most likely they all go.

Hopefully Rivers and Ainge will make a statement to provide some clarity to the situation, but don’t bet on it.

The Celtics hand will be called at the end of the month, when they are forced to decide if they keep Pierce for one more season at $15 million or buy him out for $5 million. That may be the first domino to fall.

Riley to Ainge: “STFU”

Danny Ainge

NEW ORLEANS — Well, Pat Riley just added a little more fuel to the Heat-Celtics rivalry that simply won’t die.

After Celtics GM Danny Ainge recently called LeBron James’ complaints about the hard fouls he takes “almost embarrassing,” the Heat President fired back with both barrels in a pre-game statement delivered to the Heat media by a representative, saying:

“Danny Ainge needs to STFU and manage his own team. He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing. I know because I coached against him.”

Yes, that is an accurate quote, STFU and all, delivered to a huddle of media members with their jaws firmly on the floor. My two big takeaways from this:

1) Pat Riley is certainly willing to stick up for his players, and clearly is at the stage of his career where he’s willing to say whatever is on his mind.

2) If the Celtics manage to fall down to the 8th seed, a Celtics-Heat playoff series would be about as interesting as a #1-#8 matchup can get.

UPDATE: In the time it took me to write this post, Ainge has already responded. Via Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, here’s Ainge’s reply to Riley’s statement:

“We’re both right. LeBron should stop complaining and I should manage my own team.”

Doc Rivers to spend draft night with son Austin, not Celtics

Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

Family has to take priority.

It does for Doc Rivers, who is not going to be in the Celtics draft war room during the NBA Draft Thursday night, he’s going to be hanging with his lottery pick son Austin. That’s what Celtics GM Danny Ainge told the AP.

“(Rivers is heading to New York with Austin,” general manager Danny Ainge said Wednesday, “which is where he should be….

“He’s in a happy place,” Ainge said at the team’s workout facility. “He’s loose and laid back and playing golf.”

It’s really not that big a deal, Ainge is making the call on the pick anyway. If he wants Rivers’ opinion he has his cell number.

The Celtics have the No. 21 and 22 picks, and they have floated around the idea of trading those. But more likely the Celtics use those picks — they have just four guys under contract for next year and if they bring back Kevin Garnett, and go get a veteran or two, they could use some affordable rookies to fill out the roster.

Might Boston bring back Garnett, Allen? Ainge is open to it.

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

At the trading deadline, Boston didn’t look right on the court and while the players in the locker room believed nobody else did. Boston general manager Danny Ainge considered blowing it all up with trades.

He didn’t. He and Celtics fans were rewarded with a run all the way to Gam 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Now what? Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are free agents. Should we have just witnessed the last run of the Big Three era, or do you tweak the roster and make a go at it?

I’m nowhere near convinced you can catch that lightning in a bottle again, but Ainge is open to all the possibilities including bringing back Garnett and Allen, he told CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely.

While free agency is still a few weeks away, Ainge told CSNNE.com that all of the current Celtics who will become free agents next month are in the talent pool that the C’s will be looking to pluck from in order in constructing the 2012-13 season.

When asked whether he was leaning one way or another in terms of which players he wanted to bring back, Ainge responded, “That’s a tough ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question. We want guys back that we have on our roster now. We’ll have good dialogue . . . and figure out who is coming back.”

It may ultimately come down to price.

Yes, Garnett showed he has something left in the tank, but he’s not coming back to the Celtics at anywhere near his $21 million salary of last season. Maybe half of that, maybe less. But when you get into that range other teams will throw their hat in the ring on a two-year deal as well. Like maybe the Spurs?

Ray Allen has to get bone spurs in his ankle dealt with and Avery Bradley has taken his starting job. How much will you pay a year for an aging sharpshooter who comes off the bench? What about other guys on the roster. Brandon Bass says he’d love to come back but he will want more than the $4.25 million he is about to opt out of. Mickael Pietrus says he wants to return, but there will be other bidders.

Then there is the bigger-picture question — when is it time to blow it all up? You made it within a game of a return to the NBA finals, but if you keep the roster basically intact is that going to happen again? Chicago will have Derrick Rose back next playoffs and they become the second best team in the East, the Heat struggled but looked better in Game 7 with Chris Bosh healthy. The Pacers are improving. Can Boston make this kind of run again with this roster?

Danny Ainge has always said he wanted to make changes sooner rather than later. He needs to do that now — this roster is not winning a ring, not without some pretty major additions. He’s right to say he is keeping all his cards on the table, his options open. But if he wants to bring a ring to Boston this is the summer where the rebuilding starts.