Report: NBA Will Approve Doc Rivers Deal, But Not Future Trade Between Celtics, Clippers for Kevin Garnett


It sounds like the week-long drama between the Celtics and Clippers has finally come to an end.  Doc Rivers will be sent to L.A. in exchange for a 2015 first-round draft pick.

But the deal is still subject to league approval, which became an issue earlier this week when it was reported that the NBA wouldn’t accept a deal between the two teams that included Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett. There was belief that the two teams would work on a deal for Rivers first, and then they could work on a subsequent deal for Garnett and potentially Paul Pierce. But, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, that won’t happen.

Stein said over the course of two tweets that he expects the league to approve the Rivers deal, but block any other trades for players between the two teams this summer. The reasoning behind the move is that teams cannot include players in a trade for a coach, and any future trades this summer would be seen as a part of the same deal by the league.

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