Mar 19, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo (4) takes a jump shot against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics Love The Los Angeles Clippers

Too bad, the Los Angeles Clippers do not feel the same way. Ah, irony… You think a couple decades ago, this situation would ever happen? Heck, a couple years ago, the Boston Celtics were the NBA champs dueling the Los Angeles Lakers.

And they still love the city of angels!

Feb 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe (12) drives to the hoop against Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to the trade deadline, the Boston Celtics had a request to trade for Eric Bledsoe using Hall of Famer and former VP Kevin Garnett. Now I see why Boston would make the trade: No Rajon Rondo as their leading captain as point guard, while they wanted to have an Oklahoma City Thunder-like rebuild to their team.

While there was an appeal to have an All-Star, MVP and defensive dominant force such as Kevin Garnett on your team, the Los Angeles Clippers could not have been able to trade their impressive backup point guard as Chris Paul was already in the process of healing an injury by taking tie off. What made them think they could pull off that trade, when they had the same issue when making the trade?! The Clippers could have lost their division title this year.

Still, the Boston Celtics  had to make a lot ore trades to fix the missing pieces. Doc Rivers does not know how to use Jason Terry or Leandro Barbosa.

Speaking of which, perhaps it is Doc Rivers, who is the issue. Danny Ainge wants certain players on his team; Doc Rivers cannot find a way to utilize them. There are currently rumors that are circulating that the Boston Celtics want to trade Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers to get key players fro their team.

Another reason for it may be to attempt to get Kevin Garnett out of his no-trade clause by trading the very coach that got him his first NBA championship.

However, according to’s arc Stein, Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers are on close terms. Would Ainge have to choose business before pleasure though, as Doc Rivers’ 3 year contract is worth $21 million. Other coaches that are being interviewed include Los Angeles Clippers nemesis Lionel Hollins, Brian Shaw and Byron Scott. arc Stein mentioned that a key championship worthy coach is needed for the Clippers to reobtain quality point guard Chris Paul

Also according to ESPN, the Boston Celtics are also seeking DeAndre Jordan, willing to trade Paul Pierce or the previously entioned Kevin Garnett for him and Bledsoe. If they are looking for a backup point guard for Rajon Rondo to run a fast offense, I would look no further than one of the quickest athletes in the NBA today: free agent Will Bynum, formerly of the Detroit Pistons. 

The Clippers are also in preliminary talks to obtain the services of the Orlando Magic’s Arron Afflalo through a trade with Clippers Caron Butler and Eric Bledsoe. Probably another reason why the Boston Celtics are willing to trade for Bledsoe again is because of LA’s willingness to part with him this summer. There are some decent point guard candidates this year. However, the Clippers want another piece for their team prior to trading him. If Doc Rivers does not move, how about the underutilized Jason Terry? Even if has mentioned LA management’s unwillingness to pay his 2 year $11 million contract. Afflalo did great with George Karl’s Denver Nuggets, causing a lot of 3 point trouble against the Kobe Bryant-Los Angeles Lakers.  Is he their cheap man’s solution to OJ Mayo and JR Smith?

Maybe we will see some three-way trade action going on?


Tags: Arron Afflalo Boston Celtics Deandre Jordan Doc Rivers Eric Bledsoe Kevin Garnett LA Clippers Paul Pierce

  • miketuck

    Ainge better start loving the Celtics more than Phoenix or Sacremento. Rivers has no idea how to build a team. The Celtics are so close to being rebuilt, but Rivers doesn’t coach young teams because he can’t teach the young players. Rivers is more a baby sitter than a coach, and as we learned from Glen Davis he’s not much of a babysitter. Champs know Champs. Get Heinsohn, Cousey, Havlichek, and all other former Celtic Champions and get their feelings on who’d make the best coach/teacher for the Celtics going forward. Ask to try and look in house, but if there isn’t anyone there they should be able to see what coaches are fully intrenched in their players everyday lives. No one has a teams best interest like family. McHale? Carlisle? Ewing? Kareem. Kareem would make a great Celtics coach, he knows the best of both sides and Wooden and Auerbach would be sending in the plays . But joking aside, Ainge is 2-3 free agents from making this a competitive team in the east. Draft a Center, this is a good draft for it. Olynyk proved his value but Beantown Fans have nothing but doubt. Olynyks track record the last 3 years says all we need to know. Coachable for sure, one of the best centers in the NCAA & the most productive in the tourny. Smarter than most players, in the classroom and on the court. His stats stick out like a thumbs up, look at the turnovers and there’s not much to see. He plays smart and is very productive. But to run this new show Rondo deserves the chance as he was the reason for them doing so well from 2008 to the present. Old Celtics B-Ball. find the open man and take the shot. Have 10-12 players on the bench that have been chosen because of their abilitys and coach them up on those capabilitys until the trust runs two ways. Josh Smith at PF, Randolf, a pure shooter alla House, and a small forward that can defend the 2,3, or 4. Tony Allen back on the C’s. Now your loaded with offensive and defensive power. All that is needed is a coach that knows about coaching- using the clock, using the benchs fouls, setting a starter on a rough day and having confidence in his replacement, knowing everyones special skills and when he can use them, and lastly no player is above this coaches say, he has complete control.