Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers will not be going to Los Angeles and either will Kevin Garnett, according to a Boston Herald source.
A source of the Herald’s said Saturday that discussions between the Celtics and Clippers for Garnett are “probably” dead just like the talks between the teams over the release of Rivers from his contract.
A swap of Garnett for Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had been discussed while the two teams tried to work out a deal with Rivers.
Asked if Garnett could remain in Boston for next season, the source said, “KG in Boston is a very good option.”
The source stressed that none of Danny Ainge’s deliberations are linked. As such, Paul Pierce’s future as a Celtic remains uncertain. The team can buy out the Celtics captain for $5 million on or before June 30, and record $10 million in cap savings.
Asked about assertions from the Clippers that talks for Rivers are still alive, the source laughed and said, “No, it’s dead.”
According to the source, Rivers’ deliberations are not necessarily connected to Ainge’s impending decisions about rebuilding and whether to bring back Garnett and Pierce.
“Doc knows that what the team is doing is unpredictable,” the source said.