According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Clippers have called off a potential blockbuster deal with the Boston Celtics centered around head coach, Doc Rivers, and 18-year NBA veteran, Kevin Garnett.
The Boston Celtics were looking to get center, DeAndre Jordan, and two first-round draft picks in exchange for Rivers and Garnett, however, the Clippers were only willing to part ways with one first-round draft pick.
The team will continue their head coaching search as they meet with Byron Scott today and Pacers assistant, Brian Shaw, Wednesday.
The Celtics and Clippers have reportedly resumed trade discussions centered on sending Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to L.A. The talks stalled when the Clippers refused to include Eric Bledose in a deal, but Boston is now showing interest in other possible assets with the hopes of completing a deal on Monday.
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers are discussing possible compromises to including guardEric Bledsoe into the Kevin Garnett-Doc Rivers deal with hopes of completing an agreement on Monday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports…sources say that Boston has shown a willingness to find another asset to supplant Bledsoe and complete the complicated deal, sources said.
Talks between the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics have stalled as the Clippers refuse to include point guard Eric Bledsoe in any potential deals. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t want to trade him as L.A. has already reportedly reached out to Orlando and Indiana regarding deals with Bledsoe in return for either Arron Afflalo or Danny Granger.
Sources say that the Clippers, meanwhile, have already engaged the Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers in separate trade discussions headlined by Bledsoe, with Orlando’s Arron Afflalo and Indiana’s Danny Granger as the respective trade targets. Indiana, according to sources, is leaning at present toward keeping Granger for the final season of his contract in hopes that the former All-Star swingman’s return from knee surgery can help the Pacers close the gap on Miami in the East, but L.A. has been operating for months under the premise that Bledsoe, once Paul re-signs, will be dealt before becoming a restricted free agent in July 2014.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics are in ‘deep in discussions’ on a blockbuster trade that would send Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to the Clippers in exchange for center DeAndre Jordan, two first-round draft picks, and possibly point guard Eric Bledsoe.
The Boston Celtics are deep in discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers on a blockbuster deal to send coach Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The final hurdle of a deal centers on the Clippers’ willingness to include guard Eric Bledsoe into a trade package with Boston, sources said.
Boston and Los Angeles are discussing a package that will send DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks to the Celtics for Garnett and the right to hire Rivers as coach, sources said.
Garnett will waive his no-trade clause to go to the Clippers, where he’ll be reunited with Rivers. Celtics assistant Ty Lue also will likely join them in Los Angeles, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Los Angeles Clippers have not formally requested permission to interview Boston Celticscoach Doc Rivers in the wake of widespread reports about Rivers’ potential departure from Boston, but there is strong mutual interest between the parties, according to sources close to the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com that Rivers is highly intrigued by the idea of coaching the Clippers in the event that he and the Celtics part company after nine seasons together and one championship in 2008.
Chauncey Billups was awarded the inaugural Twyman/Stokes Teammate of the Year award Sunday as voted by NBA players.
“I think even older players like myself, to the older guys, need to know this story. I, myself, pride myself on being a good human being and a good teammate. And, obviously this is a teammate of the year award, but I think more importantly it’s about just being a good person.
There will be other recipients up here every single year that will be just as deserving as I am and [the Twyman/Stokes family] will be able to shine every year…The story is just the most unbelievable story that I have ever heard in sports. I’m just glad that my name can be mentioned alongside Mr. Twyman,” Billups said as he graciously accepted the award. Continue Reading
Seven-time All-Star, Grant Hill, appeared on NBA on TNT prior to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Heat and Pacers where he announced he will retire from the NBA after 19 seasons.
“I’m glad to say, I’m done,” Hill said on TNT, in advance of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Heat and Pacers. ”I’m officially retired. Moving on from playing. I had a great run. I’m announcing it now. … I’ve been hinting at it the last few years, you get to a point where you just don’t want to do it any more. But I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve loved it.”
The Los Angeles Clippers today announced that seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will retire after 19 seasons.
For more than two decades, Hill, 40, has been one of the most recognizable basketball players in the world, highlighted by a standout collegiate career at Duke, an Olympic gold medal with Team USA at the 1996 Olympics and an illustrious NBA career that saw him earn five All-NBA honors and the 1994-95 Co-Rookie of the Year Award.
Hill finishes his career with averages of 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.2 steals in 33.9 minutes per game. In his only season in Los Angeles, Hill appeared in 29 games and averaged 3.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 15.1 minutes per game. He appeared in his 1,000th NBA game on Jan. 15, 2013 against the Houston Rockets. Hill played in 1,026 total NBA games (972 starts) and connected on 48.3 percent of his field goals, 31.4 percent from behind the 3-point line and 76 percent of his free throws over his career.
Blake Griffin and his brother Taylor Griffin returned to their alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, Thursday to host “Smile Moore,” an event aimed to bring smiles back to kids and support families affected by the May 20 tornado in Moore. According to NewsOK, one practice gym was filled with inflatable games slides and a bounce house as well as other carnival activities while the other was left for kids who just wanted to shoot hoops with the Clippers star.
Houston native and Astros fan, DeAndre Jordan threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Astros’ game against the Athletics Friday evening. A nervous Jordan revealed some strategies before taking the mound for his first pitch, “Don’t fall, don’t trip walking out there, make sure it makes it to home plate, make sure you don’t hit anybody…those are my ‘dont’s', I don’t have any ‘do’s’ right now…my brother’s a pitcher so he’s giving me some advice.”
Clippers teammates DeAndre Jordan and Matt Barnes appeared on the red carpet for the LA premiere of The Hangover 3 at the Westwood Village Theater last week where they were fans for the night and snapped photos with most of the stars of the film – Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha and Ken Jeong.