Trades involving coaches and/or executives in the NBA are pretty rare, but according to a report from the Boston Herald, such a trade could be a possibility in the near future.
Per Steve Bulpett:
With some clear mutual interest having been established, the situation has progressed to the point where the Celtics and Clippers are now engaging in talks involving Doc Rivers and players. Sources told the Herald today that, while there are still many moving parts in the process, there is now significant impetus from both sides to find common ground. Beyond finding agreement on players to be included, the likelihood that an agreement can be reached is hindered by the general collective bargaining rules regarding player trades, which can tend to make major moves a difficult needle to thread. The compensation for Rivers would, in a strict sense, be draft picks, but his imprint would be on the player transaction, as well. Put simply, the Celts are said to be seeking a deal the Clippers wouldn’t otherwise consider, except for the fact that Rivers is a de facto part of the equation.
Earlier today there were reports that Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce all wanted to go to the Clippers franchise if they couldn’t remain in Boston and if the rumor holds true, we may see a trade in the coming days/weeks – assuming the price is right.
Yahoo Sports is reporting the said player would be Kevin Garnett:
The Boston Celtics are deep in discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers on a blockbuster deal to send coach Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The final hurdle of a deal centers on the Clippers’ willingness to include guard Eric Bledsoe into a trade package with Boston, sources said.
Update number two:
Rivers “technically” can’t be part of the trade. To avoid complications, Rivers would be released from his contractual duties and the players would be traded with the understanding Rivers would become the Clippers head coach.