June 20, 2013
LAWT News Service
One day after negotiations were declared “off” by both teams, the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics resumed talks on a blockbuster trade that would send Celtics head coach and star Kevin Garnett to the Clippers, according to multiple media reports.
Speculation had it that a deal could be achieved by late Wednesday.
In return for Garrett and Rivers, the Clippers would send DeAndre Jordan to the Celtics in exchange for Garrett, while Rivers would likely command a price of two first-round picks from L.A.
Citing unnamed sources, ESPN reported that Rivers and Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge met Wednesday to finalize Rivers’ future with the team — or whether he will be granted the opportunity to go to the Clippers. Rivers said a decision by team management could come by Thursday morning.
Ainge wants Rivers, who has been in his post for nine seasons, to remain the Celtics’ head coach, a move which appeared heightened when talks between both clubs broke down Tuesday. It was at that point that Rivers appeared likely to remain with the Celtics, even though he has expressed concern about staying with the team if it began a massive rebuilding program.
“(Rivers) wants another championship or at least another chance at it,” said a source close to Rivers. “He doesn’t want to go through a rebuilding process.”
Rivers also has the option of leaving Boston and not coaching at all, perhaps working as a broadcaster next season.
ESPN’s report did not indicate which side contacted the other to reignite talks for a reported third time, although other media reports indicate it was Clippers star point guard Chris Paul that urged his team to try one more time for Rivers’ services. Paul is a free agent, but has hinted that he would re-sign with the Clippers if Rivers becomes their head coach.
The Clippers, who reportedly are willing to pay Rivers $7 million per year, similar to what he was making with Boston, are keeping their options open, continuing interviews with additional clients Byron Scott and Brian Shaw, according to media reports.