Well, that certainly sounds final, right?
The source, who said earlier in the week terms were never close between both sides, said terms had not improved by yesterday morning. "The deal is dead," he said. "There’s never been a deal, really, and there still isn’t. Things have changed at times in (negotiations), but I don’t see how that is going to happen now."
Great, glad we've got that all cleared up. But wait....
Sources told ESPN.com that frustration is indeed high on all sides and has led to both teams backing away from negotiations once again. Yet sources say the Clippers believe talks will resume again, while many league observers continue to suggest the prospect of Rivers relocating cross country can't be completely ruled out until the Clippers hire someone other than Rivers. It's widely presumed that the hiring of Rivers would clinch the signature of star guard Chris Paul on a new deal when Paul becomes a free agent on July 1.
Oh lovely. Let's do this all again tomorrow, and the next day, and possibly beyond that too. Who's with me? No? Well, we might not have any choice.
But with all this attention focused on the Doc Rivers situation, there are the several unresolved situations with players. You know, the folks that are usually involved in trade negotiations.
The source stressed that none of Danny Ainge's deliberations are linked. As such, Paul Pierce's future as a Celtic remains uncertain. The team can buy out the Celtics captain for $5 million on or before June 30, and record $10 million in cap savings.
Also, according to the Herald, the long negotiated talks with the Clippers to send Kevin Garnett for DeAndre Jordan appears to be off now too. Makes sense since it was always linked to the Doc move - at least with an imaginary dotted line. The source says that it is likely KG stays with the Celtics now.
So if Doc and Garnett are both staying in Boston, how does everyone feel about that?
Which brings us back to Allen, whose departure last summer left Rivers and Kevin Garnett, who could be crammed into Rivers' getaway bag, disappointed in their friend. As Boston's Big Three began to crumble with Allen's defection to Miami, there was resentment toward Allen for taking less money on the open market to chase a championship with the rival Heat. It's a bit ironic then that, just 12 months later, we have Rivers and Garnett at least willing to jump from the "Ubuntu" ship for their chance at another title. And don't you wonder how Paul Pierce and the rest of the Celtics locker room feel about all this?
Am I forgetting anything? Oh yeah, we've got a draft this week. Normally that's a pretty big deal.
Are we having fun yet?