The Los Angeles Clippers have again ended talks to acquire Kevin Garnett and head coach Doc Rivers from the Boston Celtics, and this time it could be for good, according to multiple reports Tuesday.
The teams don’t plan to meet again, and the Clippers are planning to hire a coach this week.
The Boston Globe reported via Twitter that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed that discussions were finished.
The latest snag centered around the Clippers refusal to deal DeAndre Jordan straight up for Garnett, then surrender two first-round draft picks as compensation for allowing Rivers to be released from the final three-years and $21 million on his contract.
Byron Scott, Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins remain candidates to become head coach.
NBA NOTEBOOK: Injured Oklahoma Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is off crutches and ready to begin the next stage of his rehab from a torn meniscus.
Westbrook posted a video through his Vine social media site in which he pretends to smash a crutch over his knee and throws it a pool. He then clutches a basketball in a shooting motion, and says, “I’m back.”
It’s been just more than six weeks since Westbrook had his surgery. He was hurt his knee in Game 2 of the opening round of the NBA playoffs against the Houston Rockets in a collision with Patrick Beverley, and he missed the rest of the postseason.