Posted June 20, 2013

Report: Clippers will now target Doc Rivers first, then Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce

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The Clippers will try to target Doc Rivers first before moving on to a potential trade for Kevin Garnett. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The Clippers will try to target Doc Rivers first before moving on to a potential trade for Kevin Garnett. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Stymied by NBA commissioner David Stern’s public rebuke of a planned mega-trade with the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Clippers are now planning on pursuing a trade for Celtics head coach Doc Rivers alone.

ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein reported Thursday night that the Clippers will first target Rivers and then “roll the dice” on acquiring forwards Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce later.

The Clippers are prepared for the possibility that they will end up with only Rivers, according to the report, because they believe acquiring Rivers would at least convince star point guard Chris Paul to stay in Los Angeles.

From the report:

The Clippers’ new challenge, sources say, is thus twofold. They must offer enough in compensation to persuade Boston to let Rivers go — which would likely cement the signature of star guard Chris Paul on a new contract when he becomes a free agent — and then hope any subsequent trade agreement they pursue for Garnett is ultimately approved by the league as a separate transaction not contingent on the hiring of Rivers.

On Thursday, Stern noted concerns of earlier versions of the potential Clippers-Celtics blockbuster, which included Rivers along with Garnett, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and multiple draft picks.

According to reports, the two teams would have tried to get around a rule banning an outright “trade” of a coach by making two separate deals. One would send Garnett to Los Angeles for Jordan and draft picks or other compensation in an indirect exchange for Rivers.

Stern told ESPN Radio in two separate interviews on Thursday, however, that he would not approve such a trade construction.

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

Later, Stern told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith: “If you think those [deals], at this point having been all over the media for the last week, are separate transactions, when you get back from Miami, Stephen A., I have a bridge that I would very much enjoy selling to you.”


9 comments
BEN LEE
BEN LEE

If the media did not publicize this for the last couple of weeks, this transaction would have been completed without any issues from Stern

R.R.
R.R.

Trade Chris Paul for Rajon Rondo,   an two first round draft picks.  That way he can be with Doc Rivers.  All this drama just affects a teams chemistry,  Doc should be ashamed of himself for creating this controversy.  Miami is lol,  because they know were ever Doc goes,   Eric Spoelstra will out coach him.  So why should Donald Sterling pay him all that money,   knowing he will not win him a championship.  Who is Chris Paul ?  has he ever been in any finals.

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

Its the way it should of been done to begin with! They knew the rules. they knew it could not be at the same time. Yet they tried...knowing how stern is?? DUMB! 

1. Give the celtics a draft pick to release rivers. then sign rivers

2. Wait a week and try to do the garnett deal for jordan and a draft pick!

3. They having gotten rid of garnett and rivers would want anew and thus release pierce.

4. Then trade griffin and bledsoe for howard

5. sign pierce.

cjhenry411
cjhenry411

Why would they want Phillip Rivers, he can't even throw deep anymore

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@BEN LEE And you know this because you are............guessing?    When there are stories the media reports on them.   If a trade has not gotten done it is because the two sides could not agree to one.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@R.R. Do you realize that both teams have to sign off on a trade?   Why would Boston make the deal that you are suggesting?

M20
M20

@R.R. Chris Paul is the best point guard in the league. Anyone who knows anything about basketball knows this. And Erik Spoelstra couldn't outcoach a paper bag.