In the rumored trade, which can be found here, the Celtics would receive Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Caron Butler and Eric Bledsoe, with the Clippers getting Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and even head coach Doc Rivers in return.
It's hard to take a whole lot of stock in this rumor, but it's certainly interesting to think about.
For the Clippers, the motivation here would have to be to keep Chris Paul. Paul is a free agent this summer, and much has been made of whether or not he would want to stay if Vinny Del Negro is the head coach. Many think Paul does not want to play for Del Negro and would love to play for someone like Doc Rivers. While Kevin Garnett can certainly still play, the Clippers would have to have huge concerns about trading away their starting power forward and center. KG could give them good production for the next year or so, but giving up a cornerstone in Blake Griffin would be hard to do.
If you're the Celtics, you would have to pull the trigger on this. What better way is there to start over than grabbing a young superstar in Blake Griffin, as well as additional pieces like DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe? With Bledsoe on the roster, the Celtics would also be given flexibility to shop around Rajon Rondo for additional pieces. Imagine starting new with Griffin, Jordan, Bledsoe, and whatever they would get in return for Rondo?
All of this being said, it's tough to imagine that the Clippers would be willing to part with so many young pieces just to get aging veterans and a better coach. However, you have to wonder how much Chris Paul will weigh coaching in his decision. If he has told the organization that he will stay with a coach like Doc Rivers, everything changes.
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