The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers seemingly couldn’t find common ground in their discussions, but got back to negotiating today and there is a possibility the blockbuster deal could happen, according to ESPN.
With the Clippers adamant that prized young guard Eric Bledsoe will not be included in the trade for Garnett, sources told ESPN.com one proposed tweak to end the weekend stalemate in the talks is the prospect of the Clippers taking back the contract of either Courtney Lee or Jason Terry from the Celtics.
Shedding the long-term money owed to either Lee or Terry, sources said, could convince the Celtics to relent on their demand that Bledsoe be included in the trade. A deal could be completed later Monday or by Tuesday, sources said.
This does make sense in a lot of ways. Bledsoe is one of the most attractive trading chips in the league right now, and the Clippers will probably package him into some kind of a deal later this summer. But it’s also blatantly obvious that the Clippers will have to make some kind of concession here, and taking on either Lee or Terry would make sense. The Celtics would get some cap relief, which would help the team to make other moves this summer.
Stay tuned to KJG as we continue to give you the latest on the trade rumors.