Clippers reject Celtics offer; Shaw, Hollins targeted

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Trade talk between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers reached a stalemate on Saturday, and unless one side decides to budge, Doc Rivers will not be the Clippers next coach.

Instead, the Clippers have set their sights on Indiana assistant head coach Brian Shaw or former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins to take over a team that went 56-26 last season, the Los Angeles Times reports

The Times also said that a rumored sign-and-trade deal between the Clippers and Lakers involving center Dwight Howard and forward Blake Griffin is not going to happen.

The Clippers want Rivers, and Rivers has showed an interest in the job vacated when Vinny Del Negro was fired. In exchange for the right to hire Rivers and forward Kevin Garnett, the Celtics were asking for center DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe and the Clippers' first-rounds picks this year and in 2014.

"The Clippers don't want to do that," one NBA executive told the Times. "They offered Jordan and a first-round pick either this year or next year, but the Celtics rejected the deal without Bledsoe, the executives said.

Reports on Saturday said the Clippers are reluctant to include Bledsoe in a deal with Celtics because they hope to use him in a separate deal.

"The Clippers are not going to budge," one executive said. "The Clippers don't want to feel as if they are being taken advantage of. Boston wants to hurry up the deal because they know Doc wants to come to the Clippers."
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