COMMENTARY | During the season, there were various trade rumors involving both the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers that never came to anything material. Things like this float around all the time, and we rarely see these kind of blockbuster deals happen.
Now, it appears as if a big deal between the Celtics and Clippers may be in the works.
According to a report, the two teams are engaged in talks that would send Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles, with Doc Rivers then becoming head coach of the Clippers. The Celtics would receive center DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks, and possibly Eric Bledsoe.
Although Doc Rivers would not be traded, the Celtics would be able to free him from his contract, which would then allow him to sign with the Clippers. Rivers has three years remaining on his deal with the Celtics, but there has been doubt about whether or not he wants to remain with Boston.
Another detail included in this deal is that Kevin Garnett would waive his no-trade clause, an action that many have believed Garnett would never do.
This is certainly a big time deal, and one that Danny Ainge absolutely needs to pull the trigger on.
The Celtics are in a tough position, as they should be looking to rebuild, yet lack the proper young players to do so. Garnett and Rivers are two of their biggest assets at the moment, with veteran Paul Pierce being another. If the team were to simply allow Rivers, Garnett, and Pierce to walk away into retirement, they would be stuck with no compensation and no real building blocks outside of Rajon Rondo.
This proposed scenario would be a great deal for the Celtics. While DeAndre Jordan certainly has his flaws, he is a young player with plenty of talent who could potentially blossom into one of the league's best centers. His athleticism would a huge asset in running the floor with Rondo, and the Celtics have lacked a rim protector of his caliber for quite some time. Jordan's offensive game needs work, but someone of his size and athleticism is always appealing. Even if the Celtics don't believe he is what they are looking for, they shouldn't have a problem flipping him to another team for more assets.
While the two first-round picks would likely be closer to the bottom of the first round, they could certainly be turned into a quality player or two. They could also be used in a package deal to move higher into the first round, or as a way of getting another player.
It should be noted that Eric Bledsoe is probably not an ideal fit in Boston with Rondo and Avery Bradley already in town. This would definitely create an overload in the backcourt, and the three may not mesh terribly well. All three lack significant size, and none create a ton of space with their outside shooting. However, in a rebuilding phase, the most important thing to do is acquire assets in any way possible. Bledsoe is a fascinating player with a huge amount of potential, and one that would give the Celtics plenty of options. They could deal Bledsoe to another team, or they could consider trading either Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley if they decide to keep Bledsoe.
Losing Doc Rivers would certainly hurt, as his skills as a head coach and a leader would certainly come in handy during a rebuilding phase.
However, this is a great opportunity for the Boston Celtics to start a new chapter and acquire some pieces to do so. If this is an option for Danny Ainge, he needs to pull the trigger and complete the deal.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering the Celtics for 3 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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