Talks between the Clippers and Celtics about a deal that would send Doc Rivers to Los Angeles have broken down yet again, a league source told the Globe.
Of course, the deal won’t be officially dead until the Clippers hire a coach who isn’t named Doc Rivers, but there is the ever-growing likelihood that this one won’t get completed.
Key in the latest breakdown, the source said, is that the Clippers are offering a second-round draft pick to the Celtics as compensation for allowing Rivers out of his contract. The Celtics, though, haven’t budged off their request for a first-round pick.
And so the talks have again reached a standstill, something that has happened several times already in the past week or so.
When the Celtics canceled a press conference earlier Friday, it was believed that it was because the Clippers wanted to make a better offer, but that wasn’t the case.
A league source expressed serious doubt that a deal gets completed.
The Celtics have plans to hold a press conference Monday with Rivers and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.