Yahoo! Sports has reported that the Los Angeles Clippers are in discussions with the Boston Celtics about a blockbuster trade that would land head coach Doc Rivers and star Kevin Garnett.
It was reported Saturday afternoon that the Clippers will most likely have to part ways with center DeAndre Jordan and point guard Eric Bledsoe in the deal, but the Clippers are hesitant about wanting to send the young Bledsoe away.
Boston general manager Danny Ainge has requested Bledsoe and a second first-round pick, but all involved believe that Bledsoe’s inclusion into the package would get a deal done.
Garnett, 37, has a no-trade clause in his contract, but will wave it only if Rivers joins him as coach, sources said. Rivers plans to talk to Clippers star point guard Chris Paul about his free-agency plans this summer, which will be a big impact in this deal. It is believed that with Rivers and Garnet on board, those would be the final pieces needed to assure Paul to re-signing with the Clippers.
Rivers has 3 years $21 million left on his current contract, but has expressed that he does not want to be in Boston if the franchise will go into a rebuilding mode. This would most likely mean the Celtics not only will look to trade Garnett, but Paul Pierce as well.