As we posted last night, the league doesn't allow two deals to be made that are contingent on each other. It's quite obvious that this is the case with the trade that is being discussed.
The Celtics and Clippers are talking about sending Kevin Garnett to the Clippers in exchange for DeAndre Jordan. Also, they will agree to release Doc Rivers from his contract in exchange for two first round draft picks.
Source tells ESPN that Celts & Clips have today begun discussing new trade scenarios to try to satisfy league's misgivings on these deals— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 20, 2013
Last tweet means that Celts/Clips deals -- IF agreed -- won't necessarily take form of DeAndre Jordan & two firsts going to Boston— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 20, 2013
NBA has to sign off--and freeing KJ-DAJ trade Doc can't be contingent on #Celtics freeing Doc. Teams now sorting it out w/NBA lawyers?— Mark Heisler (@MarkHeisler) June 20, 2013
So, since this deal is very much going against this rule, it could very easily be blocked. Do you think Kevin Garnett would goto the Clippers if Doc wasn't heading there? No. You saw evidence of that at the trade deadline when the Clippers were offering both Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Garnett wouldn't waive his no-trade clause to go.
Saved by Stern?
Not exactly. The Celtics and Clippers will have to change this deal, which could change the terms of the deal even. We'll keep you updated. Mike Saver 6/20/2013 12:45:00 PM Tweet