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 ESPN.com’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.
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 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 ESPN.com 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?