Here we go again. As expected, talks are back on. And sooner than we thought.
The Celtics and Clippers have started talks again on the Doc Rivers-Kevin Garnett deal, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 19, 2013
The Clippers reached out to the Celtics this afternoon to resume dialogue on a possible deal, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 19, 2013
Sounds like the Clippers are the aggressors this time and perhaps even a little bit eager to get it done. Hopefully that works in our favor.
It isn't clear if this had anything to do with the meeting between Ainge and Doc but it does sound like Doc wants to move on to another team rather than back to the booth.
Rivers' preference, sources said, is to coach next season. He would also have the option of returning to broadcasting if he did not want to continue with the Celtics and an exit to the Clippers could not be facilitated.
Update: Sounds like Chris Paul gave the Clippers a little nudge and told them to go get the deal done.
With a full understanding that free agent Chris Paul wants this deal completed, the Los Angeles Clippers re-engaged the Boston Celtics on the Kevin Garnett-Doc Rivers negotiations on Wednesday afternoon, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Latest w/@ramonashelburne: One source close to Clips/Celts talks expressing optimism parties could agree to trade terms as soon as tonight— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 19, 2013
Most likely framework, amid signs of progress in talks, remains DeAndre Jordan for KG & two first-rounders for Doc Rivers' coaching rights— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 19, 2013