After the talks broke off between the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics so Donald Sterling could attend to Brian Shaw, sources have told ESPN that a deal could definitely be done tonight:
One source close to the process expressed optimism the sides would reach an agreement in principle by Thursday on the two deals involving Garnett and Rivers, which the Clippers believe will all but cement the signature of star guard Chris Paul when Paul becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
via Sources: Clips-Celtics talks back on – ESPN LA
That first round pick the Clippers were trying so hard to hold on? They’ve backed off that stance. ESPN’s source has the two teams completing two different deals: Kevin Garnett for DeAndre Jordan straight-up then the two first rounders for Doc Rivers.
If this it it then good Sterling did a good job without compromising the future. If, or when, Chris Paul re-signs they’ll have Garnett-Paul-Blake Griffin as the core for the next two years. If the championship window is to ever open up for the Clippers that time is now. How big of a window that is? That depends on how the basketball Gods treat the other Western Conference teams. But this is a start.
No matter how good Blake Griffin turns out to be as a NBA player, he’s changed the fortune of this franchise. Usually a laughing stock among league teams, next year may be the first time the Clippers are a championship contender. But not until this deal gets done.