Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Other dominoes to fall after Doc trade

Celtics coach Doc Rivers traded to Los Angeles Clippers

After the departure of 3-point king Ray Allen to the Miami Heat last year, a move that ultimately paid off for "Benedict" Allen, all that remained from the 2007-2008 championship team was coach Doc Rivers, Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, and All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. Doc was locked in through 2015-2016. Garnett and Rondo through 2014-2015, and Pierce's contract was set to expire after the 2013-2014 season.

Recent manoeuvres by Danny Ainge, spearheaded by the trade of nine-year Boston coach Doc Rivers to the LA Clippers, suggest that some major changes are underway, though.

Originally, the Celtics and Clippers negotiated a package deal that would send Garnett and Rivers to LA for DeAndre Jordan and two-first round picks, respectively. The on-again, off-again discussions included a fair share of posturing, as talks were ended several times because A) the Celtics wanted young guard Eric Bledsoe B) the Clippers lowered their offer for Doc from two first-round picks to one, and eventually to just a second-round pick, and C) the NBA said that it would not allow a package deal, even if they were filed separately. 

(Upon approving the Doc deal, the league has forbidden the Celtics and Clippers to make a trade involving players until after the 2013-2014 season.)

Even though Danny Ainge has stated that no decisions have been made regarding Garnett and Paul Pierce, it's hard to believe that he isn't working the phones and fielding offers for his intertwined veterans. With Thursday's June 27 NBA Draft, the June 30 deadline for Pierce's $15 million contract and the start of free agency on July 1, there will be plenty of opportunites for genius slash madman Ainge to make moves.

There's no way back.

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