The trading deadline is a little bit more than 24 hours away. So far, we have Kevin Garnett still sticking to his guns about not waiving the no-trade clause. And then we have a report that says that the Boston Celtics are likely not going to make a trade. There was also talk that the Clippers think they’re giving away too much (Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan) for a player that will probably only play for one or two more seasons. Well, things will come to a bit of a halt, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Check out this report:
For now, the Los Angeles Clippers have terminated talks with the Boston Celtics on a Kevin Garnett for Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan trade, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Celtics have been eager to continue the conversation on the deal, but league sources said the talks will remain dormant unless Clippers star Chris Paul pushes the issue with management.
So it’s all up to Chris Paul, apparently. And we had also mentioned that Chris Paul has tried to convince Garnett about the Clippers but Garnett has said the same thing: he won’t waive his no-trade clause. But if Celtics President Danny Ainge changes his mind about staying put with the team and trades Celtics icon Paul Pierce, then Garnett might be less inclined to stay with the team and waive that no-trade clause. That’s probably what the Clippers are hoping right now if they are going to continue to pursue Garnett. There isn’t much time left, though. As mentioned, the trade deadline is at 3pm EST on Thursday. But, apparently, teams are waiting on the Atlanta Hawks to move Josh Smith. Once Smith gets moved, a domino effect may happen when it comes to dealing. Even still, other than possibly Smith and Garnett, no other big stars are expected to get dealt due to luxury tax and the big free agent class of 2014. We will continue to keep an eye on the Celtics and Clippers and see what they do.