Celtics have reached “the point of no return” with Doc Rivers


Celtics-Clippers still actively discussing deal involving Garnett, Rivers

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t appears that the idea of Doc Rivers remaining the Boston Celtics’ head coach beyond this summer is growing increasingly unlikely.

After reports stated that trade talks between the Celtics and Clippers involving Rivers and Kevin Garnett had significantly quieted down this weekend, it looks like both teams are still very active in discussing a deal.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report that the Celtics were deep in discussions with the Clippers regarding a trade that would send forward Kevin Garnett and the rights to head coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles on Saturday.

Discussions over the potential blockbuster deal reportedly reached an impasse late Saturday when Boston general manager Danny Ainge held firm that young point guard Eric Bledsoe had to be a part of the Clippers’ package that included DeAndre Jordan and a first-round pick.

The Clippers then rejected the Celtics offer involving Bledsoe and were reportedly prepared to offer their vacant coaching position to either Brian Shaw or Lionel Hollins instead.

But Monday brought news that the two sides were once again involved in negotiations and that the Celtics have shown a willingness to find another asset instead of Bledsoe and complete the deal.

This willingness may be attributed to the idea that, as SI’s Chris Mannix put it, Rivers and the Celtics have reached “the point of no return.”

Rivers has three years and $21 million left on his Celtics contract, and the Clippers are reportedly prepared to sign him for five years at around $7 million a year if Boston can be persuaded to release him from his contract.

According to Wojnarowski’s sources, Rivers doesn’t want to stay in Boston unless the Celtics are willing to bring back Garnett and Paul Pierce to avoid rebuilding for another year and the Celtics won’t let Rivers coach or work anywhere in the NBA for the duration of his contract without compensation.

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Pete Blackburn
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