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Celtics-Clippers deal for Rivers breaks down again

Doc Rivers , left, and Danny Ainge spoke at a 2011 news conference.

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Doc Rivers , left, and Danny Ainge spoke at a 2011 news conference.

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.

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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.

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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.

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