Garnett-to-Clippers deal dead

Garnett-to-Clippers deal dead
June 23, 2013, 8:45 pm
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KG to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan? Not gonna happen, says the NBA.

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BOSTON — The Kevin Garnett to the Clippers deal for DeAndre Jordan is indeed dead, but not because of either team's lack of interest.

A league source tells that a deal involving Garnett and Jordan would not get league approval because it would be viewed as a "side deal" in connection with Doc Rivers, pending league approval, becoming the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The C's and Clippers came to an agreement on Sunday which will let Rivers out of the final three years and $21 million of his contract with the Celtics, in exchange for the Clippers' first-round pick which is unprotected.

Prior to reaching a deal, there were several discussions that involved a Garnett-for-Jordan swap in addition to the deal for Rivers.

While the two would have had to be done as two separate deals, the league views such a trade as a "side deal" in connection with the Rivers deal and that is against league rules.

"If you think those, at this point -- having been all over the media for the last week -- are separate transactions ... I have a bridge that I would very much enjoy selling to you," NBA commissioner David Stern said on ESPN Radio New York.

So, Garnett is stuck in Boston unless he insists on being traded which would require him to waive his no-trade clause.

Garnett has stated a number of times his desire to remain with the Celtics, but like Rivers, wasn't keen on the idea of being part of a rebuilding process, either.

The only reason he would have waived his no-trade clause was to play for Rivers.

Now that doesn't appear likely to happen, but that won't stop the Celtics from looking at possible ways to move Garnett if a situation arises that they feel benefits both Garnett and the Celtics.

It's just that now, such a move isn't likely to happen with the one team (Clippers) and the one coach (Rivers) Garnett was focused on playing with this season if he was no longer with the Celtics.