Strangely, that’s what has been happening with Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who has been all over the rumor mill as of late due to his tenuous situation with the team. At first, he was rumored to be a part of the deal that would send Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Clippers for DeAndre Jordan and other moving parts. Then the proposed offer broke down when the Clippers played hard ball. A day later, Chris Paul intervened in hopes of strengthening the team he probably wants to stay with beyond this season. Unfortunately for him, what the two teams have done is not within the league’s rules. Ken Berger of CBSSports has details on the matter:
“Remember that one about Doc Rivers getting traded to the Clippers in a deal involving Kevin Garnett? Never mind.
The Celtics and Clippers were informed days ago that such an arrangement is not permitted under league trade rules, even if the deals were separated into two distinct transactions, a league source told CBSSports.com on Thursday.
In a radio tour in the hours before Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, commissioner David Stern appeared on several programs and put this saga out of its misery. His strongest comments came on ESPN Radio in New York, where Stern said, “The teams are aware that the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t authorize trades involving coaches’ contracts.” The only incentives other than player contracts that are permitted in NBA trades, Stern said, are draft picks and cash. ”The teams know that,” Stern said. “It has been confirmed to them. … It can’t be gotten around by breaking it up into two transactions.”