Clippers, Celtics end talks regarding Kevin Garnett, Doc Rivers
A deal that would have sent Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers from the Celtics to the Clippers is “dead,” a fact first reported by the Los Angeles Times‘ Brad Turner and confirmed by Danny Ainge to the Boston Globe.
The deal reportedly would have netted the Clippers Garnett and Rivers in exchange for DeAndre Jordan and first-round picks. Rivers would have replaced Vinny Del Negro, who was not retained by the Clippers even though he lead Los Angeles to its best season in franchise history.
“The talks broke down Tuesday morning when the Clippers ‘refused to budge’ on Boston’s latest proposal that asked for DeAndre Jordan, straight up for Garnett, and two first-round draft picks,” reports ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne. “The teams have no plans to speak again, the sources said, and the Clippers are preparing to move on and hire a coach this week.”
USAToday Sports’ Sam Amick also notes that the Clippers are ready to move on with their coaching search, noting that the team is “set to interview former New Orleans and Cleveland coach Byron Scott today and Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw on Wednesday. Former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins is also in the running for the job.”
Rivers has three years remaining on his deal in Boston, but sources close to the coach have suggested it might be “time for a change.”
Garnett, 37, averaged 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 2012-13. He has two years and more than $24 million remaining on his deal with the Celtics, but the last year of his contract is not fully guaranteed. The Clippers’ interest in Garnett dates back to the February trade deadline.