Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski says the Clippers backed out of their trade with the Celtics due in part to financial considerations.
The trade was DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks for Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers. The Clippers would have had to sign Rivers to a five-year, $35 million contract and paid a $3 million trade kicker on Jordan. The 37-year-old Garnett still has two years and $22.4 million left on his contract. They also were expected to sign Paul Pierce after he reached a buyout with the Celtics. In the end, the money coupled with the Clippers' desire to give up only one first-round pick killed the deal. They're moving forward with Brian Shaw, Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins in their coaching search.
Doc Rivers is uncertain about returning to the Celtics after the deal with the Clippers fell through, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Here we go. The Celtics and Rivers "planned to reach a final resolution in the next few days," sources told Yahoo! The Celtics would welcome Rivers back as head coach, but it's difficult to imagine that could be a realistic scenario after everything that has happened. The Clippers and Celtics have had "no discussions" about rekindling the deal in another format.
The Clippers have called off the Kevin Garnett trade with the Celtics, sources told the LA Times.
We're not ready to call the talks dead yet. It seems to be a posturing move by the Clippers in order to expedite a decision from the Celtics, but this is the latest development and it seems like the teams are moving backward rather than forward. The report has been confirmed by multiple outlets and Celtics GM Danny Ainge.
The Celtics and Clippers are haggling over an additional first-round draft pick in the trade that would send Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to Los Angeles, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Celtics have given up on Eric Bledsoe's inclusion in the deal, but now the "price to complete a deal could come down" to the Clippers surrendering two first-round picks rather than just one. Meanwhile, Boston has also reportedly "shown a willingness" to do the deal without the Clippers taking back someone like Jason Terry or Courtney Lee, but we're skeptical of that. If it gets done, the Clippers are prepared to give Rivers a five-year, $35 million deal to coach. Rivers does not want to be part of the rebuild and "has requested that Boston work out a compensation package to allow him to go to the Clippers," but Rivers is still reportedly "torn" about whether he'd stay with Boston if the deal falls through. It's all still very much up in the air. As things stand now, the deal that seems to be on the table is DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks for Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers.
The Heat are contemplating a lineup change in advance of Tuesday's Game 6 vs. the Spurs.
Erik Spoelstra siad "we'll find out" when asked if his starting lineup would remain the same. It's possible Mike Miller will go back to the bench in favor of Udonis Haslem, but we'll have to wait until just before tipoff for official word.
Alex Len (ankle surgery) anticipates being fully cleared by training camp in October.
Len had ankle surgery at the beginning of May, so whatever team that takes him is gambling on his short and long term health. Rumored to go anywhere from the top spot to somewhere inside the top 10, Len has already said he'll emerge as the best player in the draft down the road. He's going to have to prove it.
Russell Westbrook (knee surgery) no longer needs crutches.
A great sign for Westbrook's recovery. He was expected to use crutches until about mid-June, so he shed them right on schedule. As things stand, there is no reason to believe Westbrook's availability will be compromised as he's on track to be ready well before the start of training camp.