Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed to the Globe that the proposed blockbuster deal with the Clippers that would have sent both Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles is, in fact, “dead.”
The Clippers began leaking word Tuesday that the Celtics’ asking price of DeAndre Jordan and two first-round draft picks in exchange for Rivers and Garnett was too steep, and they were set to move on and hire either Lionel Hollins or Brian Shaw as their new coach.
A league source confirmed to the Globe that the main hangup in the deal was that the Clippers did not want to give up a second first-round pick.
Now, Rivers is certainly in an interesting position.
Because of a non-compete clause in the five-year extension he signed in 2011, Rivers can’t coach anywhere else for the next three years unless the Celtics grant permission. And Rivers, according to league sources, is not at all enamored with the idea of coaching a rebuilding team in Boston.
However, Ainge told the Globe that the Celtics have reiterated to Rivers that they want him back next season.
“He has been told that all along,” Ainge said.
The decision now falls to Rivers and whether he wants to walk away from the Celtics and possibly go into broadcasting, or whether he wants to coach in the NBA next season, in which case the only option at present would be returning to Boston.