The Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics will likely re-engage in trade talks regarding Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett prior to the NBA Draft on June 27, according to Mark Heisler of SportsCity.com. This marks the latest possible resuscitation of an on-again, off-again deal between the two sides.
Unless the Clippers opt to go in a different direction and hire a new head coach before the draft, Heisler's sources seem confident negotiations for Rivers and KG will start again. In the previously discussed scenario, Boston would receive DeAndre Jordan and other assets in exchange for Garnett while giving L.A. the right to hire away Rivers.
Because Rivers is still under contract for three years as the highest-paid coach in the NBA, the Celtics won't simply let him walk without any compensation. That's led to heated negotiations between Boston and L.A. as the Clippers hope to pry the championship-winning coach away.
With the team's focus ultimately on hiring Rivers, rather than acquiring KG, hiring another coach would indicate Los Angeles going in a different direction. Lionel Hollins, Brian Shaw and Byron Scott have all met with the Clippers recently, so the team has alternatives should Boston's demands be too steep.