In light of the recent trade of Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers, it is being reported that the Boston Celtics and the Clippers cannot trade players until after the season, because doing so would be considered part of the Rivers trade. And in the NBA, coaches and players cannot be traded together.
Per Ken Berger of CBS:
Doc Rivers' compensation agreement states that Celtics and Clippers can't exchange players until the end of the '13-'14 season, source says.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 25, 2013
There has been a lot of rumors that the two could also pair up in a trade that involves either Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce. However, in light of this report, it appears that that will not end up happening.
Although there were earlier reports of Garnett for Clipper’s center DeAndre Jordan, it was said yesterday that KG would likely retire after the season, most probably with the Celtics. Now this development only furthers that belief, and all but guarantees it unless another team comes out with interest in the veteran forward/center.
It appears this whole fiasco and all the rumors that accompanied it are over, as no trades will be able to go down between the two teams anyway. Paul Pierce could potentially be bought out before the season and join LA, but that is still up in the air at this point, and seems unlikely.