Clippers Celtics talks continue because of Chris Paul

6/19/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

May 3, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) listens to fans heckle in the final minutes of their 115-105 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at FedEx Forum. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 118-105. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsAnddd they're back.

The Los Angeles Clippers have re-opened talks with the Boston Celtics, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Chris Paul made it clear to the Clippers management that he wants the deal done with Boston, and just like with the firing of Vinny Del Negro, it seems that they're acquiescing to his demands.

The deal they walked away from previously was nixed because Boston wanted DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks, but the Clippers only wanted to give up one.

That still seems to be the problem. According to Wojnarowski:

“The Clippers have negotiated a five-year, $35 million deal with Rivers that could be worth as much as $8 million annually with incentives, sources said. Garnett will waive his no-trade clause to be a part of the deal. The Clippers would have to pay a $3.5 million trade kicker on Jordan's contract.”

A source also added that the pick is still the issue.

The reasoning behind this has to be for a trade down the line to try and acquire Dwight Howard in a sign-and-trade from the Los Angeles Lakers, or another player they're looking at who hasn't been revealed yet.

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