Doc, Danny to hold press conference Monday

Doc, Danny to hold press conference Monday
June 21, 2013, 10:15 am
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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers will hold a joint press conference Monday at the team's facility in Waltham, Mass., where the coach's future with the team will likely be addressed.

The Celtics originally sent out a media advisory Friday morning that the press conference would be Friday, but about a half-hour later came word that it would be pushed back until Monday.

A proposed trade between the Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers that would have Rivers end up coaching the Clippers as well as send Kevin Garnett to L.A. was held up by commissioner David Stern on Thursday.

To gain league approval, the Celtics-Clippers deal would likely have to be expanded to include more players, picks or a combination of the two in order to get league approval, sources told on Thursday.

Stern indicated that the deal between the two teams as it has been constructed would be a violation of the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement.

One option could be  breaking up the deal into two separate ones.

Rivers has three years and $21 million due to him, but coaches' salaries are not subject to salary cap rules. Because of that, it can't be included as part of a trade package. And while the C's can get compensation for allowing Rivers out of the remaining years of his contract, the league frowns upon what it perceives as "side deals."

From the league's perspective, a Garnett-for-DeAndre Jordan trade and Rivers being allowed out of his contract can not be viewed as two separate transactions.

The Clippers have made it clear that they don't want to take on the contracts of the Celtic's Jason Terry or Courtney Lee, two players that the C's have made available to them.

Boston has a handful of players that they could include in a deal, among them Paul Pierce, whose contract becomes fully guaranteed if he is not bought out for $5 million by June 30.