Pat Riley's Miami Heat aren't the only team who can do package deals. CP3 and D12 sound like they're trying to orchestrate a deadly duo in Atlanta or Houston, but the Clippers are trying to cut them off by countering with a package of their own to keep Chris Paul in L.A. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Clippers and Celtics are hammering out a deal that would send Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to the Clippers in exchange for Eric Bledsoe.
Yes, you read that right. The Clippers are about to upgrade their contending status by plunging the Celtics into a rebuilding state.
Via Yahoo Sports:
Boston and Los Angeles are discussing a package that will send DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks to the Celtics for Garnett and the right to hire Rivers as coach, sources said.
Garnett will waive his no-trade clause to go to the Clippers, where he'll be reunited with Rivers. Celtics assistant Ty Lue also will likely join them in Los Angeles, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Clippers owner Donald Sterling is prepared to pay Rivers in the neighborhood of the $7 million annual salary he currently holds with the Celtics, front office sources said. Rivers has three years and $21 million left on his Boston deal.
If a deal is agreed upon, Rivers will likely speak to Chris Paul immediately on his willingness to re-signing with Los Angeles, sources said.
Rivers can't be part of a player transaction, but the inclusion of the draft picks – and perhaps Bledsoe – would allow Boston to free him of his contractual obligations.
Y! Sources: Celtics, Clippers deep in talks on blockbuster deal to send Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles. http://t.co/omCv2zPr5c
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 15, 2013