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.