NBA Trade Rumors – The Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics will continue negotiations of their blockbuster deal on Tuesday, and it seems that the Celtics continue to make concessions.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, the Celtics could be dropping their demands on the Clippers to take on either Jason Terry or Courtney Lee as part of the trade, but Boston wants to get another first-round draft pick out of the Clippers:
After pushing for the Clippers to take back long-term contracts, the Celtics relented and have shown willingness to complete the deal for DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft picks, sources said. The Clippers are willing to give the Celtics Jordan and one draft pick, but were resisting a second future pick, sources said.
Another thing to consider in this deal is DeAndre Jordan’s trade kicker, which would force the Clippers to pay him an additional $3.5 million.
Based on these developments, the deal is quite likely to happen as it would be in the best interest of both teams. Doc Rivers has basically burned the bridge with the Celtics, and for the team to pay him $7 million a year on a rebuilding roster wouldn’t make sense anyway. Meanwhile, if the Celtics really want to start rebuilding, trading Garnett has to be the first step, and it is believed that Garnett would only waive his no-trade clause if he was traded to the Clippers and Rivers joined him.
As for LA, an inclusion of an additional first-round pick shouldn’t really be enough to break this deal. After all, the addition of Garnett and Rivers would not only guarantee that Chris Paul re-signs with the team, but also improve the roster and render the pick less of an asset.