Clippers moving forward without Doc Rivers, now prepared to offer job to Brian Shaw or Lionel Hollins next week, sources— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 15, 2013
Sources: Talks with Boston have stalled for the time being. Could just be posturing.— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) June 15, 2013
Apparently the hangup is the inclusion of Eric Bledsoe.
The Clippers' lack of willingness to give up third-year point guard Eric Bledsoe could be a dealbreaker. They fear that they would be compromising their future by giving him up and are currently contemplating using him in a sign-and-trade that could involve forward Blake Griffin and land Lakers and free-agent-to-be Dwight Howard. Other players who are the Clippers' radar as possible upgrades by way of a trade involving Bledsoe include Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo and Indiana small forward Danny Granger.
Update - or maybe not.
Doc Rivers been informed Clippers won't accept Celtics offer. Rivers prepared to stay in Boston, sources.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 15, 2013
Not so fast.
Source involved in Celtics-Clippers discussions tells Yahoo! Sports: "Not looking good, but I wouldn't say (it's over) for sure."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 16, 2013
Final hurdle remains unchanged: Clips don't want to part with DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe in deal, sources tells Y! Ainge wants Bledsoe.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 16, 2013
And now the dreaded "stalled" negotiations.
Throughout this awkward dance with Clips, Boston's been clear with Doc Rivers on this: If it all falls apart, they still want him as coach.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 16, 2013
For now, discussions deemed "stalled," one source in talks tells Y! Question becomes this: How soon before one side -- or both -- bails?— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 16, 2013