SAN ANTONIO — The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers are back in trade talks that would ultimately allow Doc Rivers to be the Clippers' next coach, but -- after a day in which the sides appeared to be moving closer together -- another snag has arisen.
The initial talks broke down over the weekend because of the C's insistence that Eric Bledsoe be included in the trade. The Clippers are not sure if Chris Paul will re-sign with them this summer, so keeping Bledsoe around is essentially their Plan B in case Paul decides to sign elsewhere.
Now it appears the snafu stems around the Clippers not wanting to take back the contract of either Jason Terry or Courtney Lee.
Boston is open to not including Bledsoe, but only if the Clippers accept either Terry or Lee's contracts.
"Still at it" was how someone close to negotiations described the state of matters this afternoon.
Kevin Garnett, who has a no-trade clause, will waive it in order to reunite with Rivers in Los Angeles. DeAndre Jordan will be included in the deal from the Clippers side, with a slew of moving pieces to be swapped as well between the teams.
Both sides are eager to get a deal done soon as to not detract any more attention than it has from the NBA Finals, which resume Tuesday night in Miami. A win by San Antonio would be the franchise's fifth NBA title.