Jun 20, 2013 2:34 AM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers are seeking approval from ownership to complete a deal for Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett.
The hope is that Donald Sterling will approve the financial commitment and finalize the agreement on Thursday.
The Clippers will send DeAndre Jordan and two first round picks to the Celtics, according to sources.
Rivers is accepting the job assuming Chris Paul will re-sign with the Clippers.
"Doc is taking the job to coach Chris Paul," a league source told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. "This isn't happening if Chris planned to leave."
Paul communicated to the Clippers that hiring Rivers and trading for Garnett was essential to him re-signing in July. Paul's pushing for the deal forced the Clippers to reengage with the Celtics on Wednesday.
Jun 19, 2013 10:04 PM EDT
Doc Rivers' preference is to remain an NBA coach next season, but not for a team going through a rebuilding phase as is expected with the Boston Celtics.
"He wants another championship or at least another chance at it," a source close to Rivers said. "He doesn't want to go through a rebuilding process."
Rivers also would entertain the notion of returning to broadcasting, where he would instantly become one of the most coveted analysts for the NBA.
Rivers met with Danny Ainge on Wednesday without a resolution being reached.
Jun 19, 2013 9:03 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers have held ongoing talks with the Orlando Magic on a trade involving Eric Bledsoe for Arron Afflalo.
The Clippers prefer to hold onto Bledsoe in the interim in hopes of landing a better offer, according to sources.
Afflalo is owed $23 million over the next three seasons.
Jun 19, 2013 5:54 PM EDT
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have reopened talks on a deal involving Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett.
The Clippers broke off talks on Tuesday, reportedly due to uneasiness about the financial ramifications. But the Clippers returned to the table with the understanding Chris Paul seeks its completion.
Rivers was scheduled to meet with Danny Ainge on Wednesday.
In the discussed trade, the Clippers would send DeAndre Jordan and multiple picks to the Celtics for the right to hire Rivers and to acquire Garnett.
Garnett has a no-trade clause and will waive it to join the Clippers.
Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported that a resolution to discussions was not expected on Wednesday and that they will be picked up on Thursday morning.
Sources told ESPN, however, that the Clippers have relented from their previous unwillingness to give the Celtics a second first round pick. There is optimism that a deal will be reached in agreement in principle by Thursday morning.
ESPN has also learned that the teams will need to convince the NBA that the Garnett trade and the Rivers' deal are not contingent upon each other. The CBA does not allow coaches to be traded, though teams can convey cash and/or draft picks as compensation.
Jun 18, 2013 4:36 PM EDT
Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge will meet on Wednesday to discuss the best way to move forward following the end of trade talks between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers.
Rivers was nearly allowed to coach the Clippers in a deal that would have involved Kevin Garnett.
Rivers is reportedly uneasy about returning to the Celtics amid a likely rebuild.
The Celtics were hoping to accelerate the rebuilding process with the Clippers' deal and Rivers is not at odds with Ainge.
Jun 18, 2013 12:01 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers have called off trade talks with the Boston Celtics on a deal involving Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett.
The Celtics were seeking DeAndre Jordan and two future first round picks in exchange for the right to hire Rivers as head coach and Garnett.
The Clippers will move forward with their coaching search with Byron Scott meeting with Donald Sterling on Tuesday and Brian Shaw on Wednesday.
The Celtics were insistent on Eric Bledsoe's inclusion earlier in the talks.
Danny Ainge has confirmed to the Boston Globe that talks with the Clippers are dead.
Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Clippers had "cold feet" on the financial aspects of the deal. The Clippers refused to give in to the Celtics' demands for a second first round pick, but Rivers' $35 million contract over five seasons and Jordan's $3 million trade kicker proved too expensive.
ESPN's Chris Broussard reported late on Tuesday that a source categorized the talks as "stalled."
"Never say anything is completely dead in NBA," said the source. "But the Clippers are not looking to revisit right now."
Jun 17, 2013 9:40 PM EDT
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers will continue their discussions on a trade involving Kevin Garnett and the right to hire Doc Rivers as coach on Tuesday.
The two parties are at an impasse after discussing the deal heavily over the past few days.
The Celtics are seeking a trade package centered around DeAndre Jordan. The Celtics are no longer asking the Clippers for the inclusion of Eric Bledsoe, but are instead adamant about receiving two first round picks. The Clippers must also pay the $3.5 million trade kicker on Jordan's contract.
The Clippers will give Rivers a five-year, $35 million contract.
Rivers is uninterested in remaining with the Celtics during their rebuilding process and is torn on whether to return if the deal falls apart.
Garnett is willing to waive his no-trade clause to be dealt to the Clippers, giving him an opportunity to compete for a title while living in his Malibu home.
Jun 17, 2013 12:01 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics continue to discuss a deal involving Kevin Garnett and the right to hire Doc Rivers as head coach.
The Clippers are offering DeAndre Jordan and draft compensation. Danny Ainge and the Celtics are seeking the inclusion of Eric Bledsoe, but sources say they have begun to show a willingness to accept another asset.
Rivers would replace Vinny Del Negro as head coach of the Clippers.
Jun 16, 2013 3:20 AM EDT
The Los Angeles Lakers have not broached the possibility of a sign-and-trade of Dwight Howard in the team's in-house discussions.
The Lakers and Howard have maintained "A LOT" of dialogue with Howard's representatives since May, according to a source.
Howard will be a free agent in July.
The Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers had reportedly been linked as possible trade partners in a deal centering on Howard and Blake Griffin.
Jun 15, 2013 8:02 PM EDT
Doc Rivers has been informed that the Los Angeles Clippers won't accept the Boston Celtics offer, according to sources.
The Clippers have been trying to acquire the rights to have Rivers as their coach along with Kevin Garnett in exchange for DeAndre Jordan and one future first round pick.
The Celtics have been seeking the inclusion of Eric Bledsoe and a second first round pick, who has presumably become the deal breaker.
With Rivers presumably off the board, the Clippers will offer the job to Brian Shaw or Lionel Hollins next week.
"Not looking good, but I wouldn't say (it's over) for sure," said a source that spoke with Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.
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