The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have opened discussions involving head coach Doc Rivers and some players, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. Players being discussed presumably include Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce after their names have popped up frequently in the related rumors as of late.
The idea of Rivers and company heading west to Los Angeles seemed like a pipe dream not too long ago, but it seems increasingly possible the two sides reach some sort of agreement.
"While there are still many moving parts to the process, there is significant impetus from both sides to find common ground," Bulpett writes.
It remains to be seen whether other complications -- such as Garnett's no-trade clause -- become serious obstacles, but the reported dialogue signals some degree of seriousness from both sides.
When the Celtics reportedly approached the Clippers during the season about a possible deal that would exchange Garnett for DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe, L.A. ultimately passed. The question is whether the addition of Rivers changes the equation now, however, which seems possible.
Because Rivers is still under contract with Boston for three years (at the highest coaching salary in the league), it's clear the club doesn't plan on letting him walk for nothing. If he does end up going to L.A., however, the move should signal definite rebuilding in Boston.