Celtics GM Danny Ainge may have asked for too much, which may have ticked off Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Rivers has gone into radio silence while reports swirl around a potential trade to send him to the Los Angeles Clippers in what would be a bizarre deal, even by Clippers’ standards.
The deal apparently has died – no surprise there, given what the Clippers would have to give up – but lost amid all the chatter of whence and where Doc is going is the decision that spurred all the talk.
The Celtics have decided to part ways with Paul Pierce.
SH Blog: Rivers/Garnett to Clippers talks stall over Bledsoe; Kings hire ex-Nuggets assistant D’Alessandro as new GM
It was a beautiful Saturday today, at least in the Northeast, and if you spent the day enjoying it, you might have missed one of the craziest days in recent NBA history. We got the entire life cycle of a rumor. It was great. It’s a good argument for staying in the house all day endlessly refreshing every basketball news site. Not that I do that myself or anything.
And oh yeah, the Finals are still happening, and they’re shaping up to be pretty nice. Check out Chris Sheridan’s latest to find out which start is considering retirement. Also, the draft is coming up, and we’ve got a new mock up from Joe Kotoch. Give it a look.
Now let’s get right to that rumor that ate up all the column inches and air time all day:
- Over the last fourteen hours, the possibility of Doc Rivers coaching the Clippers has gone from a crazy idea to a genuine possibility to a seeming likelihood to apparently not going to happen, and for that whole time, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has been completely on top of everything. Here’s an excerpt from his latest Doc story, but click through for as good a summary of the whole situation as you’re going to find anywhere: “Discussions over a blockbuster deal to send Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Clippers – with Doc Rivers as coach – reached an impasse on Saturday afternoon, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Clippers are willing to part with center DeAndre Jordan and a first-round draft pick for Garnett – and the rights to hire Rivers – but so far have refused to include Boston’s desire for point guard Eric Bledsoe into the package, sources said. Since the February trade deadline, Bledsoe had been a part of talks for Garnett, and more recently, Rivers, but that changed Saturday morning, league sources said. The Clippers were no longer willing to part with Bledsoe, sources told Y! Sports. If the deal completely falls apart, Celtics management and Rivers are still committed to his return to Boston as coach. Boston general manager Danny Ainge has requested Bledsoe and a second first-round pick, but all involved believe that Bledsoe’s inclusion into the package would get a deal done.”
First it was Grant Hill who made waves with news of his retirement.
Two days later, the man who shared Rookie of the Year honors with Hill in 1995 took his turn.
New York Knicks point guard and NBA journeyman Jason Kidd has decided to hang up the sneakers after 19 seasons of professional basketball.
With four Game 6′s on Friday night, we were assured of seeing four teams playing for their playoff lives.
Unfortunately, none of the teams facing elimination – Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets – were able to extend their respective series.
All of them had some form of drama – from Blake Griffin getting into a wrestling match with Zach Randolph, the Hawks bringing their game against the Indiana Pacers to the wire, Kevin Durant and Omer Asik picking up technicals against each other, to Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks nearly blowing a 26-point lead.