In the aftermath of the Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Clippers deal, the league has put a hold on anything that would have LA and Boston making a trade. Here’s the news per Ken Berger of CBS Sports and Marc Stein of ESPN,
Doc Rivers’ compensation agreement states that Celtics and Clippers can’t exchange players until the end of the ’13-’14 season, source says.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 25, 2013
ESPN source says provision DOES include three-team (and more) trades. NO trade exchanging Celtics & Clippers allowed until after next season
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 25, 2013
Unless a team trades for Kevin Garnett only to buy him out, his reunion with Doc Rivers in Los Angeles won’t be happening. And considering the two teams can’t make a deal until after the upcoming season and KG will then be a year older the odds this deal ever happens is extremely low.
Considering the Clippers were forced to choose between KG and Doc Rivers the team obviously made the right decision. Garnett is good, but he’s due $11 million-plus over the next two seasons and will be 38 years old by seasons end. And as much as Chris Paul wanted KG on the team I’m still not sure that retaining KG guarantees a return from Paul. Rivers guarantees all of that plus some.
This ultimately leaves the Celtics in a bind while the Clippers walk away from from the ruling. While it’ll be easy for Danny Ainge to find a trade parter for KG most seem to forget that Garnett is one of the four players in the NBA with a no-trade clause (Nowitzki, Duncan, Bryant). He’s not going to go to any old team. Unless it’s a contender, Ainge will be stuck paying for the 37 year old during a rebuild era.
There have been some KG to the Brooklyn Nets rumors that have surfaced, so maybe that’s where KG ends since the Clippers has been out-ruled for the season.