Posted June 20, 2013

David Stern: NBA ready to veto any Doc Rivers trade between Celtics and Clippers

Ben Golliver, Boston Celtics, DeAndre Jordan, Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA
David Stern made it clear that under the current CBA, teams are not allowed to trade coaches' contracts.

David Stern made it clear that under the current CBA, teams are not allowed to trade coaches’ contracts. (John W. McDonough/SI)

The on-again, off-again rumors of a possible trade or trades between the Celtics and Clippers that would include Boston coach Doc Rivers along with Kevin Garnett, DeAndre Jordan and draft picks are totally off, at least according to NBA commissioner David Stern.

Recent reports indicated that the two teams might try to circumvent a rule banning the trade of a coach’s contract by making two separate deals: one involving Garnett for Jordan and the other involving picks or other compensation in an indirect exchange for Rivers, who would need to be let out of his current deal, which still has three years and $21 million remaining on it.

CBSSports.com notes that Stern told ESPN Radio in New York that the league would not approve that arrangement because Rivers’ inclusion violates the collective bargaining agreement and that the multiple trade scenarios are an obvious circumvention of league rules.

“The teams are aware that the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t authorize trades involving coaches’ contracts.”

“If you think those, at this point — having been all over the media for the last week — are separate transactions … I have a bridge that I would very much enjoy selling to you,” Stern said.

In a separate ESPN radio interview, Stern repeated that the NBA was aware of the possible end-around plans and ready to act if a final proposal involving multiple trades came to fruition.

“I would say that if we know that what the parties really want to do is one [trade and] they are going to break into two [trades] for purposes of trying to avoid the restrictions that the collective bargaining agreement places on it, we know how to deal with that as well,” he said.

Yahoo! Sports reported early Thursday morning that the two teams were still engaged in conversations, with Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul urging owner Donald Sterling to land Rivers and Garnett.

Sterling interviewed Cavaliers coach Byron Scott and Pacers assistant Brian Shaw this week, according to the Los Angeles Times, as the Clippers look to fill the coaching vacancy created when they parted ways with Vinny Del Negro in May.

Hat tip: SB Nation

32 comments
JohnnyNacho
JohnnyNacho

haha, CP3 is wondering what he did to the dictator.  wonder if he vetos his next contract.  forces him to cleveland or some crap.   yea this guy needs to go and a max amount of years needs to be put on the next commissioner.  

Joe R2
Joe R2

Can't wait until this dictator retires

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Now much richer the NBA will be when David Stern is longer part of it.

masterchipdavis
masterchipdavis

Doc Rivers is in management.. Not party to a Union Contract.

rivetzpdx
rivetzpdx

Bahahaha I'm so gonna miss David Stern.

JohnDelcos
JohnDelcos

What Stern allows and doesn't allow depends on which way the wind is blowing. If Stern was really interested in fairness, he never would have allowed James, Bosh and Wade to get together in form of player collusion which no doubt was sanctioned by Pat Riley. Riley obviously had Wade work with James and Bosh to bring them together. What's right and wrong? Stern does not know the difference, nor does he care.

Dj.
Dj.

Who the hell wants to play for the Clippers anyway?  Have these players lost it?  What kinda crack is CP3 smoking?  I need some of that.  He changed from player to general manager over night.  Why don't Sterling just sell him the team.  Owner/player = Cap space.

ADJ
ADJ

Just trade Deandre and draft picks for Garnett, only if the Celts terminate Rivers contract thus allowing him to coach any team he chooses.  Stern might think he can stop something that can happen whether he wants it to or not.

mikehoops
mikehoops

This is ridiculous. david stern needs to step down period. He killed the Chris Paul deal for the Lakers and then approved it for the Clippers. He obviously has his own agenda.  That being said, I think the Clippers should just do the Doc Rivers deal. Garnet is getting old anyway. 

hedatguy
hedatguy

Isn't it sad that david Stern is more interested in his legacy than to work with the parties involved?? Just goes to show that he REALLY is the thug that everyone dislikes. He should have retired long ago, so the NBA can be a better organization.

KristinPhelpsMathieu
KristinPhelpsMathieu

When has it even been that we abide by rules as they are intended or as we feel that others intentions are towards them?  Here is just another example of stern flexing his ego.  Just like the last trade with CP3 where he had no reason to veto.  Here is an idea stay the hell out of it!!!

jbk1234
jbk1234

@Rickapolis Look at what the average team value was when Stern took over  and what it is now. 

Keith7
Keith7

@JohnDelcos why is it wrong for 3 players to say to each other, "hey, let's all sign with the same team"? Collusion doesn't exactly apply to players.

jbk1234
jbk1234

@ADJ The league has to approve every trade.  Hence the saying subject to league approval.  

Matt W
Matt W

@mikehoops Did you not read the article...they CANNOT do the Doc Rivers deal. A coach CANNOT be traded. That is according to the CBA negotiated between players union and owners.

Mkmck
Mkmck

@jbk1234 @Rickapolis Duh...does the word "inflation" mean anything to you? What was the price of a gallon of gas when Stern took over the NBA?

Chanyongsen
Chanyongsen

@Keith7@JohnDelcosI agree. Theres nothing wrong with players collusion. In fact,  12 players can collude to play for 1 team. Great players love to play with great players. But then, what will the league will be? One superteam n the rest is just the washington generals? 

Remember, NBA is a business 1st, fans satisfaction 2nd, n players well being 3rd. What would the other 29 teams feel? Is it fair for them? How will they keep the fans interest in their teams? How would the respective fans feel? Is it fair for them? Who would root for the loser teams? Say what u want about "team concept" or chemistry, yet do u honestly think the other 29 teams have any shot at that team? Majority of the time, the disparity of talents edge any perfect synergy of chemistry. Everyone loves a winner, but if that only concentrates on 1 team, let it be a professional or just amateur league, often detrimental in the result.

jex408
jex408

@Keith7 @JohnDelcos 

Because it's a bitch's way out. If Jordan teamed up with the Detroit Pistons in the late 80's his legacy and respect would be NO WHERE near what it is today. You can't sit there and tell me a ring in Miami means more than it would in Cleveland. Plus the fact that it is your home state. Yes, free agency is.. free agency. But I just can't respect the fact of people meeting and planning beforehand to carry out a free agency. They complain about the Boston Big 3 but that was how the chips fell. They never teamed up on purpose. If you don't agree with that, then why does Kevin Garnett get alot of love from Minnesota as opposed to Lebron receiving any sort of love from Cleveland? Cleveland aren't the only ones that didn't agree with the way it was carried out. 

 If San Antonio players can remain in a small, less popular city and win championships then anyone in Cleveland, etc, etc can do the same. No excuses.

DavidRutley
DavidRutley

@Matt W @mikehoops The Celtics are not trading Rivers. they would be releasing him from his contract and are seeking compensation for doing that. Doc would have to sign a new contract with the Clippers

Son_Gokuo_PR
Son_Gokuo_PR

@Matt W @KristinPhelpsMathieu Nothing wrong with enforcing the rules... NOW. Back then with the whole Chris Paul going to the Lakers, where was that being unfair?? It was a complete fair trade (in terms of the trading deal, not in terms of talent) but the angel of Stern vetoed it for no reason. Oh wait there was a reason... It wasn't fair to the Hornets, who by the way, the League owned at that time.

Shortofbrillant
Shortofbrillant

@TheDudeSpeaks @Mkmck @jbk1234 @Rickapolis 

Wouldn't take a genius to improve the league from what it was. The star power that came into the league at the start of his reign changed the fortunes of the league on it's own. After that, every time the league looked like too many major stars were going to retire, the league was re invigorated with a new group of superstars.

 Giving Stern credit for the development of basketball players in the world is ridiculous. Jordan, Barkley, Stockton, the dream, Robinson etc... are the ones who deserve all the credit. 

 Even the creation of the Dreamteam by getting NBA players into the Olympics was because of FIBA pushing for their inclusion. At the end of the day the stars of the league created the demand for the product.

Stern the overrated

Keith7
Keith7

@jex408 @Keith7 @JohnDelcos You might want to move out of 1952. If Jordan did go to the Pistons, he probably would have won more championships and had a greater legacy. He might have challeneged Bill Ruissell's number of titles, and had he surpassed him, he would have been the greatest ever. Or to take a different track, maybe if he had poor ownership in Chicago, they don't sign key players like Rodman to help him win. 

In the end, a ring is a ring - it doesn't matter where he earns it. Cleveland could have done the same thing and signed the three guys (pending cap room, of course), but in the end, Where would you want to play - in a nice city like Miami, or a snow-covered wasteland like Cleveland? San Antonio isn't exactly an apples-to-apples comparison to a craphole like Cleveland.