NBA Likely To Block Any Garnett-to-LA Action

March 12, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) are given double technical fouls during the first half of the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Good news for Boston Celtics fans and bad news for Los Angeles Clippers fans. With the Doc Rivers to Los Angeles deal complete, reports say that the NBA will likely block any trade that features Kevin Garnett coming to the Clips.

League and teams sources also confirmed that for now, any deal involving Garnett and the Clippers is on hold in light of commissioner David Stern’s objections to the appearance that the KG deal (for DeAndre Jordan) and Rivers were related.

One source with knowledge of the NBA’s thinking told ESPN.com that the league does not intend to change its stance as expressed by Stern in multiple radio interviews Thursday, meaning that the league would view any subsequent trade agreement between the Celtics and Clippers involving Garnett to be part of the Rivers deal and thus in violation of league rules.

via Clips, Celts reach deal for Rivers – ESPN NBA

You can probably blame the leaks on the NBA coming to this conclusion. It was basically a “trade for Garnett and be handed Doc Rivers situation” and policies state, as said above, that deals can’t be subsequent.

Topics: Boston Celtics, David Stern, DeAndre Jordan, Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, Nba Trade Rumors

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  • Clippersfan4471

    I hope that Garnett sues the NBA and Stern for restraint of trade. Surely the NBA has to PROVE that the deals were linked. That is, they need to prove that Boston would only release Rivers IF the Clippers traded DJ for KG. The whole time this has been going on, it has mostly been speculation about KG only wanting to play for Doc. I can’t find anywhere that it’s been said he “demanded to be traded to where Doc coaches”?? Someone help me out here but I think I have a valid point!

    • ClipShip

      The Clippers’ and Celtics’ own public statements prove that the deals were linked. Both sides were leaking every detail of the trade negotiations for a week. If both parties would have just negotiated with each other, rather than through the media, these deals could have gotten done.

  • miketuck

    Stern needs to get a life. That is totally wrong and he can’t be a sooth sayer knowing what the Celtics have in mind. If the Clippers are interested in Garnett and Garnett would like to go to the Clippers the trade should happen. Stern has to much power when deals like this are blocked. Boston should sue the NBA for any attempt to tie the two deals together.