One day after negotiations were declared “off” by both teams, the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics resumed talks on a blockbuster trade that would send Celtics head coach and star Kevin Garnett to the Clippers, according to multiple media reports.
Speculation had it that a deal could be achieved by late Wednesday.
In return for Garrett and Rivers, the Clippers would send DeAndre Jordan to the Celtics in exchange for Garrett, while Rivers would likely command a price of two first-round picks from L.A.
Citing unnamed sources, ESPN reported that Rivers and Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge met Wednesday to finalize Rivers’ future with the team — or whether he will be granted the opportunity to go to the Clippers. Rivers said a decision by team management could come by Thursday morning.
Ainge wants Rivers, who has been in his post for nine seasons, to remain the Celtics’ head coach, a move which appeared heightened when talks between both clubs broke down Tuesday. It was at that point that Rivers appeared likely to remain with the Celtics, even though he has expressed concern about staying with the team if it began a massive rebuilding program.
“(Rivers) wants another championship or at least another chance at it,” said a source close to Rivers. “He doesn’t want to go through a rebuilding process.”
Rivers also has the option of leaving Boston and not coaching at all, perhaps working as a broadcaster next season.
ESPN’s report did not indicate which side contacted the other to reignite talks for a reported third time, although other media reports indicate it was Clippers star point guard Chris Paul that urged his team to try one more time for Rivers’ services. Paul is a free agent, but has hinted that he would re-sign with the Clippers if Rivers becomes their head coach.
The Clippers, who reportedly are willing to pay Rivers $7 million per year, similar to what he was making with Boston, are keeping their options open, continuing interviews with additional clients Byron Scott and Brian Shaw, according to media reports.
LeBron’s headband hit on Twitter
MIAMI — After their disappearance from the court during Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the Heat’s vital accessories are making their voices heard in the Twitter-sphere.
Twitter users can now follow LeBron James’ headband, find out how it’s feeling after losing its spot on the perch of James’ sweat-dripping forehead, get inside its cotton, nylon and spandex and really know what it’s going through.
Minutes after disappearing from the game, @Lebronzheadband tweeted: “I miss u lebron,” an obvious cry for help from the headband that has faithfully gathered James’ sweat for years.
Headband went soaring into the stands after James’ dunk with nine minutes left in regulation Tuesday night, leaving fans disoriented at the appearance of James’ naked forehead, receding hairline shining in the arena lights.
James said it was the first time he played that much without Headband since his rookie season.
Humiliation followed for Headband: “LeBron im on the sideline next to the bald camera guy help he wont stop looking at me,” it tweeted.
To its more than 11,000 followers, Headband has been able to give a play-by-play of its experience sans James, taking basketball fanatics behind the scenes on the true woes of an MVP’s accessory.
Still, Headband is staying positive. The displacement resulted in courtside seats. The bachelor is now looking for love, too.
“Any of y’all lady sweatbands tryna meet up in the laundry basket after the game?” he asked, followed by a winky face.
Pal Mike Miller’s shoe has taken to Twitter with its feelings, too. The shoe went missing a minute before Headband was last reported seen, right before Miller drained a three-pointer at the top of the fourth quarter.
Multiple accounts cropped up, the one with the most followers being @Millerlostshoe with 84. It announced it was still on the court waiting with James’ Headband.
Headband attempted to reach James on Wednesday morning, “txt me back.”
No word yet as to whether either accessory will be present for Thursday night’s Game 7.
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