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NBA Trade Rumors: Clippers Would Be Wise to Stay Away from Boston Celtics Deal

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Coach Doc Rivers greets Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics as he returns to the bench in the game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on November 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJune 17, 2013

As the rumors continue to swirl surrounding a deal between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers, it's becoming clear that this is a move the Clips should want no part in.

According to multiple reports, including an article from ESPN's Tom Carpenter (Insider access required), Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett could be on their way to the West Coast with Los Angeles sending DeAndre Jordan and some first-round picks to Boston.

This deal doesn't make sense for multiple reasons.

For one, the Clippers would be letting go of a 24-year-old center with potential for an aging 37-year-old center who has more than enough miles on his body already.

Sure, Jordan isn't the most efficient offensive player, but Blake Griffin, Chris Paul (assuming he stays) and Jamal Crawford provide enough offense. L.A. needs Jordan for his interior defense and work on the boards.

Garnett is as fierce a competitor as anyone that's ever stepped foot on the court, but he's got two or maybe three seasons left in the tank, whereas Jordan is still a couple of seasons away from hitting his prime.

I'm all for the Clippers targeting Rivers to fill the vacant head coaching position, but not at the expense of Jordan and more than one first-round pick for Los Angeles.

If the only way for the Clips to get Rivers is to also accept Garnett and deal Jordan and multiple first-round picks, I think L.A. should stand pat.

Let's not forget there are plenty of quality head coaches still out there looking for jobs—Lionel Hollins and Brian Shaw immediately come to mind.  

The Clippers definitely need to make some notable moves this summer in order to keep Chris Paul happy, but this isn't the right route for L.A. The Clips are better off seeking a head coach elsewhere and letting the Celtics deal with their own issues.

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