Boston Celtics: Los Angeles Clippers

Rivers expects a rough night

December, 11, 2013
BOSTON -- Doc Rivers made his return to the TD Garden on Wednesday morning as an opposing coach for the first time in 10 years. Immediately upon entering his former team's home, he felt a little thrown off by his surroundings.

"I'm used to coming in through the other [Celtics'] doors and used to going to the other side. This is strange already," Rivers said at the Los Angeles Clippers' morning shootaround.

Rivers spent nine years coaching the Boston Celtics before departing in June to take over as coach and senior vice president of basketball operations with the Clippers. He made it clear that he will be battling emotions when he faces off with his former team Wednesday night.

"It's going to be a hard night," he said. "I already told my coaches that it's going to be hard. You don't spend nine years in one place and win a title, and have the emotions you have toward the cities and the fans, and be normal when the game starts. It's just not going to happen, at least I don't think so. I've already prepared my coaches to be good coaches tonight because it's going to be too tough for me."

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Doc deal prevents player trades with Clips

June, 25, 2013
The Doc Rivers compensation agreement between the Celtics and Clippers prohibits the two teams from trading players between now and the end of next season, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and multiple reports.

One source briefed on the specifics of the anti-trade language in Rivers' deal told Stein that the contract provision even precludes multi-team trades featuring three or more teams in which players on the Celtics' and Clippers' rosters are swapped until after the coming season.

That would appear to create at least some wiggle room for Kevin Garnett and/or Paul Pierce to join the Clippers via free agency if either is bought out of his respective contract, but sources say that the league -- instead of assessing hypotheticals -- would likely wait until such situations unfolded before addressing those possibilities.

Sources: 'Substantive' talks; no deal

June, 17, 2013
The wait continues in the Doc Rivers saga. The latest from's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne:
It appears that the saga surrounding Doc Rivers and his proposed cross-country relocation from the Boston Celtics' bench to the Los Angeles Clippers' bench will drag out at least one more day.


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Sources close to the process told that the Celtics and Clippers held "substantive discussions" Monday on the proposed multi-layered transactions that would send Rivers and Celtics star Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles. But the teams, sources say, remain unable to agree on a final trade framework to go through with the two deals, even after Boston relented on its insistence that the Clippers include prized young guard Eric Bledsoe as part of the package for Rivers and Garnett.

Another element of the talks, sources said, is the negotiations between Rivers and the Clippers on a coaching contract. Rivers has three years left on his original five-year, $35 million deal with the Celtics and will be looking to stay in the same salary range if Boston ultimately receives what it deems sufficient compensation to let the 51-year-old out of that deal.

So the Clippers, in what NBA coaching sources are terming a "separate process," have moved ahead with their coaching search just in case, for one reason or another, they'll be unable to pry Rivers out of Boston. They've arranged sitdowns this week for Byron Scott (Tuesday) and Brian Shaw (Wednesday) with Clippers owner Donald Sterling, with the other finalist for the Clippers' job before the pursuit of Rivers got serious -- Lionel Hollins -- having already met with Sterling.

Yet numerous sources connected to talks continued to express optimism Monday that the Celtics and Clippers will agree to terms this week, with some interpreting the Clippers' plans to resume talks with the likes of Shaw and Scott as their latest thinly veiled message to the Celtics that they aren't afraid to walk away from the table.

"It's a dance right now," said one source close to the process. "I think it'll eventually happen. They're just staring at each other."

Said another: "It's certainly not dead. I think they have an idea of the main parties who would be involved, but now they've got to figure out smaller details and negotiate a deal with Doc."

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The Los Angeles Clippers believe they have the trade assets to reunite Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in L.A. if those prominent members of the Boston Celtics all prove open or able to leave the perennial Eastern Conference power, according to sources close to the process.


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In the wake of's report earlier this week that Rivers and the Clippers have mutual interest in the event the Celtics' coach parts ways with Boston, sources say the Clippers would likewise try to acquire Garnett or Pierce -- or preferably both -- if Rivers indeed became available.

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CLICK HERE to read Chris Forsberg's column on how the Celtics are stuck at a crossroads, but might be able to facilitate a faster rebuild by acquiring some young talent from the Clippers in exchange for Rivers & Co.

Stephen A. hearing C's-Clips whispers

May, 6, 2013

Stephen A. Smith turned heads in Boston early Monday when he suggested on both First Take and on SportsCenter that whispers of a Celtics-Clippers megadeal were making the rounds.

Here's what he said (video above):

“I am hearing that it is possible, that the Clippers -- because Boston is going to probably ask for Blake Griffin. ... Now obviously KG ain’t enough (to get Griffin). You package KG with Paul Pierce, that still isn’t enough. But the opportunity for them to play together is something both would like to continue to do. But it gets very interesting if you let go of your coach, and you say Doc Rivers, we’d like you to come with KG and Paul Pierce.”

Could the Celtics even trade a coach if they wanted to? Here's more from Stephen A.:

“I’m not saying it’s going to happen. I’m telling you that this is what is hitting the rumor mill: that ultimately a package involving Blake Griffin, Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler essentially for KG, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers.”

We're still a ways away from discovering whether there is any truth to it, but for now it certainly is interesting discussion fodder.



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