NBA commissioner David Stern, who has no problem throwing his authority around when necessary, made it public Thursday that the proposed deal that would have landed head coach Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers wasn’t going to fly, as it violates rules in the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement. Here are details per CBS Sports:
In a radio tour in the hours before Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, commissioner David Stern appeared on several programs in an effort to put this saga out of its misery. His strongest comments came on ESPN Radio in New York, where Stern said, “The teams are aware that the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t authorize trades involving coaches’ contracts.”
Stern said — and a person familiar with the communication between the league and the teams confirmed — that there is no separating the two deals at this point because it is obvious all the pieces are part of the same negotiation.
“If you think those, at this point — having been all over the media for the last week — are separate transactions … I have a bridge that I would very much enjoy selling to you,” Stern said.
That’s what happens in today’s world where everything can go viral in a matter of minutes; plans get monkey wrenches thrown in them. It appears as if the league has no problems with Kevin Garnett being swapped for DeAndre Jordan, the issue is Boston releasing Rivers from his contract and immediately being hired by the Clippers at the exact same yearly contractual rate and with draft picks thrown in as compensation for Rivers directly tied in to the Garnett deal, which has been widely reported.
This isn’t to say that the Clippers-Celtics deal is dead, it just means the teams will have to find another way to make it happen. Good luck.
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