Woj: Clips' no-deal came down to money

Woj: Clips' no-deal came down to money
June 18, 2013, 6:00 am
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THE DEAL IS DEAD

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Well, after all that . . . the Clippers keep DeAndre Jordan and their picks, and the Celtics - for now - keep Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett.

The better question, though, is why? The main reason seems to be the Clippers' unwillingness to part with two first-round picks, but Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that it went a little deeper than that.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Clippers got "cold feet" when it came down the financial ramifications of bringing on Rivers and Garnett.

The Clippers had started to waver on the trade in the past few days, inspiring belief among many in the process that the notoriously frugal franchise had grown uneasy about paying Rivers the five-year, $35 million contract that it had negotiated with him, along with a $3 million-plus trade kicker on Jordan's contract.

The L.A. Times was first to report that the Clippers walked away from talks with the Celtics Tuesday morning, seemingly at odds over giving up one or two first-round picks to the Celtics in a deal that would also send DeAndre Jordan to Boston for Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers.

The two sides agreed to sleep on it Monday night, but neither was willing to budge on who and what goes where.

On Monday night the Celtics had relented on many of their earlier demands -- the include of backup point guard Eric Bledsoe; the insistence that L.A. take on the contract of either Jason Terry or Courtney Lee -- but are insisting the Clippers include a second future first-round draft choice in their offer. The Clips want to hold firm on just center DeAndre Jordan and one first-round pick for Kevin Garnett and the rights to coach Doc Rivers.

That's where the sides stood as of Tuesday Morning. Wojnarowski reported: "The two teams are planning to talk again on Tuesday morning, and the fragile negotiations could climax over the draft pick compensation, sources said."

Sources also told Wojnarowski on Monday that Rivers "is still torn over whether he would stay with Boston should this deal fall apart".