As if the Jeff Green trade wasn't odd enough already, now there are rumors that Austin Rivers could be flipped to the Clippers to play with with his dad Doc Rivers.
New Orleans changed course in 3-way trade talks, insisted on subbing Austin Rivers for John Salmons, sources said. Boston, Memphis relented.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 10, 2015
Boston's on phones now, trying to find a deal to move on Austin Rivers, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 10, 2015
Looks like Austin Rivers will be sent to Clippers, I'm hearing.— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) January 10, 2015
Yahoo Sources: Within front office and coaching staff, officials pushing president/coach Doc Rivers to bring his son, Austin, to Clippers.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 10, 2015
Celtics and Clippers discussing a deal for Austin Rivers, league sources tell Yahoo, but Boston doesn't want salary back next season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 11, 2015
Jordan Farmar would work salary-wise, but he's got a player option for next year so he probably wouldn't be coming off the books like Rivers (or Salmans) would be.
Sounds like the Clippers are willing to send a 2nd rounder to the Celtics but matching salaries could be a deal breaker. Clippers are hard capped so they are limited in what they can do and they still need to find a way to upgrade at small forward.
Latest update from Wojo:
Sources: Grizzlies nearing trade to acquire Jeff Green - Yahoo Sports
The Celtics don’t want to take contract salary beyond this year, but the sides have been discussing possible trade scenarios on Saturday, sources said.
So the bottom line is that Rivers clearly isn't in the Celtics plans.
Stay tuned for more weirdness.