Clippers call off trade talks with Celtics
The Los Angeles Clippers have called off conversations with the Boston Celtics, halting any potential deal that would send head coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles to replace the recently ousted Vinny Del Negro.
The news, tweeted Tuesday from Clippers beat reporter Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, comes after nearly a week of conversations between the two teams. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed to the Boston Globe that the deal was "dead."
The discussions centered on a trade that would have sent Rivers and veteran forward Kevin Garnett to the Clippers in exchange for a subset of forward-center DeAndre Jordan, two first-round draft picks and up-and-coming guard Eric Bledsoe.
The Clippers had been reluctant to deal Bledsoe from the onset of negotiations and, as Turner now reports, the element of the deal that reportedly brought conversations to a halt on Tuesday was the Clippers' refusal to include two first-round selections in next week's NBA Draft.
With the fallout of Rivers potentially switching coasts, Clippers owner Donald Sterling will meet with former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott on Tuesday and Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw on Wednesday.