Well, that took long enough.
After a few days of talking, the Clippers and Celtics have finally agreed in principle to a trade that will bring coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles. The Clippers will complete the trade by sending an unprotected 2015 first round pick to Boston.
The Clippers talked to the Celtics about a deal back at February’s trade deadline, one that would bring Garnett to the West Coast, but talks collapsed relatively quickly. But when Doc Rivers’ name emerged as a potential Vinny Del Negro replacement, those rumors started up once again.
Though negotiations ultimately broke down for Garnett and Rivers due to league concerns, the Clippers refocused their efforts on just Rivers, hoping to secure a top-5 coach that would cement Chris Paul’s signature. The Celtics will release Rivers from his contract upon the completion of the compensation. That will allow the Celtics’ coach to sign a rumored 3 year, $21 million deal with the Clips, making him the 25th coach in the franchise’s history.
There are several rumors floating that the Clippers may not be done acquiring Celtics, though. The original structure of this deal called for DeAndre Jordan to be swapped for Kevin Garnett, who has said he’d only want to play for Doc Rivers. And with the deconstruction of the “Ubuntu Celtics,” it has been suggested that Paul Pierce may be bought out to join his cohorts in Lob City. Whether any of these things come to fruition given the league’s skepticism of any Clippers/Celtics deal not having been contingent on the Rivers acquisition remains to be seen.