The Los Angeles Clippers’ star point guard may have single-handedly started up the trade talks between his team and the Boston Celtics yet again, and there could be just one hang up left to get the deal done.
When those talks ended after Monday, the Clippers were ready to move on in their coaching search and the Celtics were ready to accept Doc Rivers back despite him showing his interest in leaving the team. It seemed as if both teams would be going their own ways.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Chris Paul had other things in mind. He “wants this deal completed” and there’s only one thing that could possibly be in the way of the point guard’s demands.
“The money is not a hang-up in this right now,” a league source told Yahoo! Sports. “It’s about the draft pick.”
The Celtics have insisted on two first-round draft picks in the deal, but the Clippers have wanted to include only one.
It’s the same reason that talks reportedly broke off in the first place, along with the Clippers letting go of DeAndre Jordan, but the latter part of the deal doesn’t seem to be in the mix anymore.