Wojnarowski: Clippers' management said 'no' to KG deal

Wojnarowski: Clippers' management said 'no' to KG deal
February 22, 2013, 9:30 am
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Many people feel the addition of Kevin Garnett could have pushed the Clippers over the top in the West, and -- according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski -- the L.A. coaching staff was eager to make the Garnett-for-Eric Bledsoe-and-DeAndre Jordan deal that the Celts were pursuing.

But it was the Clippers' management, according to Wojnarowski, which said no.

"The deal the Celtics were very interested in was with the Clippers," he told Gary Tanguay and Donnie Marshall on Comcast SportsNet's Trade Deadline Special Thursday night. "If they could have gotten Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan -- [a] 22-year-old point guard, a 23-year-old center -- . . . I do believe the Celtics would have gone to Kevin Garnett and asked him if he was willing to waive his no-trade clause.

"The coaching staff with the Clippers wanted to do that deal. They felt KG could put them over the top in the West. And I talked to other coaches and GMs in the league who felt the same. But management in L.A. did not want to do that deal."

Would Garnett have waived his no-trade clause?

"That's still up for debate," said Wojnarowski. "I think there were two things that were going in that direction, that would have made that possible: KG's relationship with Chauncey Billups, he's very close with him with the Clippers, and also he's got a home in Malibu.

"I think, too, if the Celtics had gotten that far, perhaps they would have then, at that point, just traded Paul Pierce. And if KG was hedging on staying with Paul Pierce, if Paul Pierce had been moved, too, then I think KG may have been more likely to agree to that deal. But . . . I know Boston's plan was, 'If we move one, we're going to move both. We're going to try to move both.' "