Celtics, Clippers re-start talks on Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett trade

Jeff Gross

The Los Angeles Clippers reached out to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday with hopes of rekindling trade discussions, according to a report.

Discussions for a trade that would send forward Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers from the Boston Celtics to the Los Angeles Clippers are back on, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. For the second time since Saturday's trade talks began, the two franchises have resumed dialogue that had appeared to be dead.

On Tuesday, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge appeared willing to welcome Rivers back despite the failed discussions. But Wojnarowski reports that the Clippers reached out to the Celtics on Wednesday, a day after Rivers appeared apprehensive about returning when Los Angeles became unwilling to send center DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft picks to Boston.

The trade talks began on Saturday but quickly died as Boston refused to consider a trade without Los Angeles involving guard Eric Bledsoe. The Celtics began compromising with a deal that didn't include the young point guard, and on Monday it appeared that the two squads were discussing smaller contracts to include around the main pieces. Once again, talks stalled as the Clippers were unwilling to give up the two draft picks.

Furthermore, Wojnarowski reported that Los Angeles was backpedaling in regard to a negotiated five-year, $35 million contract with Rivers. The Celtics coach's future has remained in limbo this offseason as the team considered rebuilding.

Although Rivers won't technically be included in the trade, the Celtics are willing to allow him out of his contract to sign with the Clippers. Boston, however, wanted draft picks essentially to act as compensation for releasing Rivers.

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