Clippers End Talks to Acquire Garnett, Rivers, ESPN Says
Representatives of the two National Basketball Association teams have no plans to speak again, ESPN reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the talks. The Boston Globe said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge confirmed that negotiations had ended.
Talks stalled this morning after Los Angeles rejected Boston’s proposal that the Clippers trade 24-year-old center DeAndre Jordan straight up for Garnett, 37, and give two first-round draft picks as compensation for the Celtics letting Rivers out of his contract, ESPN said.
Spokesman Jeff Twiss of the Celtics said in an e-mail that the club had no comment on the reports “and are not aware of any plans going forward.” Seth Burton, a spokesman for the Clippers, said in an e-mail that the team had no comment.
Rivers, 51, has led Boston to seven playoff appearances and an NBA title in nine years. He has three years and $21 million remaining on his deal, according to ESPN. The Celtics would welcome Rivers back next season, Ainge said according to the Boston Globe.
A 15-time All-Star and NBA Most Valuable Player in 2004, Garnett averaged 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game last season. Jordan started all 82 games for the Clippers in 2012-13, scoring a career-high 8.8 points per game along with 7.2 rebounds per game.
Los Angeles expects to hire a coach within the next two weeks, ESPN said. The Clippers said on May 21 that Vinny del Negro wouldn’t return for a fourth season after leading the team to 56 wins and a division title for the first time in its 42-year history.
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