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Report: Clippers talks for Rivers are off again

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The talks regarding the Los Angeles Clippers' attempt to acquire Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers are off again, multiple media outlets reported.

"The deal is completely dead," a source told Yahoo! Sports.

Rivers, who is under contract with the Celtics for three years and $21 million, has returned to his home in Orlando for the weekend and is no longer interested in the Clippers job, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

The talks have come in fits and starts, and the changing nature of the discussions was evident Friday morning when the Celtics cancelled a scheduled press conference with president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and Rivers without giving a reason.

It originally was scheduled for noon EDT on Friday.

The Celtics sent out an e-mail at 9:30 a.m., announcing the press conference at the team's practice facility in Waltham, Mass., according to Boston.com. No reason was given why it was scheduled, but it is assumed to involve Rivers' future with the team.

It was then cancelled an hour later.

The Celtics did indicate that the press conference will likely be rescheduled for Monday, but no other details were provided.

In any event, discussions are on hold again. The Yahoo! Sports report suggests there is no chance for further talks regarding Rivers, although the Boston Herald reported there is an outside possibility that talks could resume at some point.

ESPN.com reported there would be no more discussion on Friday.

"The Celtics' price (for Rivers) was a first-round pick, and the Clippers weren't willing to do that," a source told the Herald.
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