Clippers too cheap to make deal with Celtics

Clippers too cheap to make deal with Celtics
June 18, 2013, 12:45 pm
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THE DEAL IS DEAD

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MIAMI — It may go down as the most epic cheapskate moves by one of the most frugal NBA franchises.

The trade that would have sent Kevin Garnett (and presumably Doc Rivers as the head coach) to the Los Angeles Clippers appears to have hit what could be the final snag - likely killing a potential trade altogether - because of the Clippers' refusal to give the C's a second, first-round pick.

A league source confirmed to CSNNE.com that shipping DeAndre Jordan to Boston along with a first-round pick had been agreed upon by both teams.

But the Celtics wanted an additional first-round pick because the Clippers rebuffed the C's initial request that Eric Bledsoe be included in the deal.

The Clippers' reluctance to part with Bledsoe was because of the uncertain nature of Chris Paul re-signing with the club, in addition to believing that they might include Bledsoe in another deal down the road.

Regardless, it all leaves both teams - and the NBA as a whole - wondering where each respective teams goes from here.

The Celtics have maintained throughout this process that they would welcome Rivers back with open arms, if a trade falls apart.

Meanwhile, the Clippers are likely to name Lionel Hollins or Brian Shaw as their new head coach, and hope that will be enough to convince Paul, one of the league's top free agents-to-be, to re-sign with them this summer.

As for the Celtics, Rivers not going to the Clippers doesn't necessarily mean he will be back roaming the sidelines this fall for the Celtics.

As reported by CSNNE.com earlier, Rivers is expected to look long and hard at a return to broadcasting which was something he did after he was fired in Orlando.

Rivers may also sit out this year and take a sabbatical, something he has talked about doing at some point during his coaching career.