May 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics shooting guard Jason Terry (4) reacts during the game against the New York Knicks in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. The New York Knicks defeated the Celtics 88-80. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Will Back Off Demands if Clippers Take Bad Contract


Yesterday, it was rumored the breaking point of the proposed trade between the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics was talented point guard Eric Bledsoe.

Today, in hopes of getting a deal done, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting the Celtics will back off of their demand for the former Kentucky Wildcat if the Celtics are willing to absorb one of their “bad” contracts, namely Jason Terry or Courtney Lee.

Per Stein:

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have relaunched discussions on a new trade framework that could bring a resolution to the complicated trade talks that would potentially transport Celtics coach Doc Rivers and star forward Kevin Garnett in a multiplayer deal, according to sources close to the process.

With the Clippers adamant that prized young guard Eric Bledsoe will not be included in the trade for Garnett, sources told ESPN.com one proposed tweak to end the weekend stalemate in the talks is the prospect of the Clippers taking back the contract of either Courtney Lee or Jason Terry from the Celtics.

While Terry nor Lee have over the top expensive contracts, they do have some length as Terry will not be a free agent until after the 2014-15 season, Lee the 2015-16 season. Terry is due a reported $11 million dollars for the next two years while Lee will be due around $16.5 for the next three.

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