NBA Won't Allow Clippers-Celtics Trade Involving Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJune 20, 2013

The NBA is standing in the way of a potential move that would send Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers. CBS Sports NBA insider Ken Berger shared the latest development on this buzzing situation:

UPDATE: Friday, June 21, at 4:05 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski sheds light on how both teams value Doc Rivers in this trade scenario:

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UPDATE: Friday, June 21, at 12:52 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to Mark Heisler, there may still be some negotiating left to do between the two sides:

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 20, at 4:45 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein, the Clippers are implementing a new plan following David Stern's comments:

The Los Angeles Clippers' new strategy, in the wake of NBA commissioner David Stern's public comments Thursday expressing serious misgivings about the legitimacy of the proposed trade of Kevin Garnett and corresponding transaction that would transport coach Doc Rivers from Boston to L.A. as a package deal, is to pursue Rivers first and roll the dice on acquiring Garnett and Paul Pierce later on, sources told ESPN.

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Original Text: 

The discussed deal involved two trades: one to send Rivers to L.A. for multiple draft picks, and another to straight swap Celtics forward Kevin Garnett for Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne.

Garnett would have to waive his no-trade clause to make the deal work, and the Celtics would have to let Rivers out of the final three years of his current deal with Boston.

According to the report by Stein and Shelburne, NBA rules not only ban coaches from being traded, but they also prohibit teams from attaching side deals to trades.   

Boston Globe Celtics beat writer Baxter Holmes adds this bit of information from NBA commissioner David Stern:

According to Stein and Shelburne's report, a source familiar with the talks says that both teams have already begun brainstorming ways to make the move work without breaking any NBA rules. 

Rivers, 51, has coached the Celtics since 2004, leading the franchise to its 17th NBA championship in 2008. Prior to that, Rivers coached four-plus seasons in Orlando before being fired 11 games into his fifth year.

Meanwhile, Garnett, who turned 37 last month, has played the last six NBA seasons in Boston after coming over from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former league MVP averaged 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this past season with the Celtics.

Jordan, who turns 25 in July, would bring some much-needed youth and size to Boston's frontcourt. He averaged 8.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per game last season in L.A.

However, based on Berger's report, this deal won't occur anytime soon, if at all.


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