Perhaps the deal that looked dead to send Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett across the country to the west coast may still be alive.
According to the infamous sources of ESPN, there may have been a workaround between the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics to not involve Eric Bledsoe in the trade after all. That would involve the Clippers taking on a big contract from either Courtney Lee or Jason Terry.
Shedding the long-term money owed to either Lee or Terry, sources said, could persuade the Celtics to relent on their demand that Bledsoe be included in the trade. A deal could be completed later Monday or by Tuesday, sources said.
[Also see: Why the Clippers Shouldn't Trade for Garnett]
For the Celtics, that would mean they would receive DeAndre Jordan, Caron Butler, and a first-round draft choice. What exactly would the Clippers have to eat in order to bring in Lee or Terry? It may not matter to them since they believe the Boston duo will be enough to keep Chris Paul from going anywhere else.
Lee has three years left on his contract valued at $14.4 million; Terry is scheduled to earn nearly $11 million over the next two seasons. It’s also possible, sources said, that the Celtics will try to extract another trade asset from the Clippers to replace Bledsoe.
The Clippers, meanwhile, believe that the deal will guarantee that Paul re-signs with the team when he becomes a free agent July 1.
Stay tuned with FanSided on the latest updates of this potential blockbuster trade.