Mar 31, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers and Boston Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee (11) talk during a timeout during the second half at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won the game 108-89. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Surprise! Clippers-Celtics Talks Have Resumed

At this point I’ll be happier when this deal is actually done. But Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports says things are back on between the two clubs:

While the Los Angeles Clippers have Brian Shaw in town for a second interview, Woj tweets that the Clippers are the ones who reached out to the Boston Celtics to resume the talks. Basically the Celtics didn’t buy their bluff.

Something has to give at this point. Either the Clippers are going to give in and hand the Celtics two first-round picks or the Celtics are going to lower their demand. I figure taking Courtney Lee or Jason Terry is going to happen regardless. It’s possible the Clippers could flip Caron Butler for one of the players.

For now we sit back and watch the rumors set in because this may take a while.

Here’s an interesting take on the “revival” of the trade talks from ESPN’s Bill Simmons:

UPDATE (6:35)

Bill Simmons was right. Someone get this man an award of some sort. According to Woj, Chris Paul is the main reason why these talks have sparked up again:

Clippers management believed Boston would eventually come back to them out of a belief that the Celtics-Rivers relationship would be difficult to repair, but league sources told Y! Sports that Paul’s desire to play for Rivers – and with Garnett – has been a significant motivator for Los Angeles.

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