The talks of a potential blockbuster between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers that involve star forward Kevin Garnett and head coach Doc Rivers continues to dominate the NBA headlines, but there could be a potential snag in the discussed deal.
Reports indicate that Rivers strongly wants Garnett and Pierce to both join him in Los Angeles, but it appears unlikely that the Celtics would be willing to let Pierce ship off to the West coast.
Because of that, Rivers is having his doubts about joining the Clippers.
Meanwhile, a source close to Rivers told the Globe that Rivers is still grappling with the decision, especially as the trade gets more complicated and negotiations more contentious. The talk of the Clippers acquiring Paul Pierce in the trade are remote, especially since the Celtics would have to honor his deal and send him to the Clippers with a $15 million salary.
And don’t expect the Celtics to waive Pierce just to see him sign with the Clippers during free agency. If they decide to trade Pierce, and NBA sources said the team is open to the possibility, they want a return for his services unless waiving him will allow him enough salary cap space to sign a solid free agent.
Rivers would have the final say in whether or not the deal goes down, but it’s becoming harder and harder to see him returning to the Celtics as the talks get more serious.
At this point the Celtics roster has already received the message loud and clear that Rivers isn’t 100 percent dedicated to them after his flirtation with the deal, so there will be a point where it will be too hard for him to come back to the team and regain the locker room’s trust.
This has been an interesting situation to watch play out throughout the past few days and it doesn’t look like we will reach a conclusion anytime soon.