Speaking on ESPN New York 98.7, NBA Commissioner David Stern suggested that the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics simply couldn’t execute the trade that would have sent Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles and DeAndre Jordan to Boston in its current form.
Per Stern, via ESPN New York:
David Stern on proposed Los Angeles Clips- Boston Celtics deal: “What the rules won’t allow, it can’t be gotten around by breaking it up into two transactions.”
Earlier, it was reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein that the Clippers and Celtics were doing their best to re-work the deal, which could involve DeAndre Jordan and two draft picks being traded to the Celtics in exchange for Kevin Garnett. Then, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers would agree to be released from his contract (so the Celtics wouldn’t have to continue to pay him) and he would be allowed to conveniently sign a deal with the Clippers.
It’s essentially the same trade and it should fit within the NBA rule structure despite it being a little bit backhanded.