In 1978, the owner of the Boston Celtics and the owner of the Buffalo Braves swapped franchises. In 2013, the Clippers and Celtics want to do it again.
Let me explain. No, there is no time. Let me sum up.
The Clippers are (were?) interested in Doc Rivers. They’re also interested in Kevin Garnett, as we found out around the All-Star break of this year, which is good because Doc and KG are apparently a package deal.
The Celtics like DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers are willing to trade DeAndre Jordan to get Doc and KG.
Danny Ainge and the Celtics also like Eric Bledsoe. Doc Rivers also likes Eric Bledsoe. The Clippers like Eric Bledsoe, too! The only person who doesn’t like Eric Bledsoe — at least not enough to play him regularly — was Vinny Del Negro…who has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Doc in Boston. Because VDN used Bledsoe and Jordan so well the first time? Sounds like some agent appeasing (VDN just hired Doc’s agent) going on there, but let’s move past that.
Okay, so Ainge wants Bledsoe and Jordan. The Clippers want to keep Bledsoe, though, because Doc likes him, but also because he’s a huge trade asset. Because apparently the Clippers want to move Bledsoe and Blake Griffin (!) to the Lakers for Dwight Howard.
But the Lakers don’t want to do that. Which seems weird. The Clippers might not actually want to do that either, depending on who you talk to.
But the main trade with Boston that was “very real” is now “stalled”. The Chris Paul trade was once stalled as well, mind you, and stalled is slightly more optimistic than dead. This could still happen.
So to recap: DeAndre Jordan and one first round draft pick are in the proposed deal for Rivers and Garnett. That’s what the Clippers are pushing for. Ainge is pushing for an additional first round pick and Bledsoe, but according to reports, the Celtics would do it for Jordan, only one first round pick, and Bledsoe. The sticking point is Bledsoe.
What do you think? Should the Clippers part with Jordan, Bledsoe and a pick for Rivers and Garnett? Let’s hear it. We’ll have more as the situation develops.