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NBA Roundup: Paul disappointed Rivers deal fell apart

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Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is unhappy that talks of a deal to send Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers broke down, according to Yahoo!Sports.

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge reportedly wanted a first round draft pick as compensation for Rivers, but the Clippers were only willing to part with a second rounder. The discussions ended Friday afternoon when Ainge and Rivers became frustrated with the negotiations. USA Today reported that Rivers will assess his future and make a decision on Monday.

Yahoo!Sports also reported that Clippers owner Donald Sterling might not be willing to pay Rivers a five-year, $35 million contract that was being negotiated, or give up a first-round draft choice.

The Clippers are now focusing their search on Byron Scott, ESPN The Magazine reported.

---Houston Rockets power forward Chandler Parsons told the Houston Chronicle that he communicates with Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard every day about coming to Houston.

Howard is set to become a free agent July 1 but teams are not allowed to recruit pending free agents until that date. Parsons could be guilty of tampering, which would result in a fine.

Parsons said he sent Howard a text message Friday, a day after the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

"After watching that last night, I hit him with, 'Come to Houston. That could be us???' " Parsons said
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