Latest On Clippers, Celtics Austin Rivers Talks

TUESDAY, 8:30am: Clippers officials have begun conversations with other teams about sending them Jordan Farmar, sources tell Chris Mannix of (Twitter link), as the Clips hunt for an expiring deal to send to Boston. A third team may not be required to pull off the Rivers trade, and the Clippers may pull off a separate transaction to acquire the assets the Celtics are looking for, according to USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt (on Twitter), who hears the chances are “really good” that Rivers ends up with the Clips. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge acknowledged some uncertainty surrounding Rivers and said the Celtics are engaged in a dialogue with him, as Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald relays.

MONDAY, 1:59pm: The Clippers are “very confident” they’ll reach an agreement to acquire Austin Rivers this week, a source tells Marc Stein of (Twitter link). Rivers didn’t travel with the Pelicans, who officially traded him to the Celtics today, on their flight to Boston, where the Pels and Celtics will play tonight, notes Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald. It’s expected the Celtics will eventually convey Rivers to the Clippers, where his father Doc Rivers is both coach and president of basketball operations, with a second-round pick likely to head to Boston, Murphy writes. The Clippers have been working to find a third team that would send an expiring contract to Boston, too, since the Celtics don’t want to take back salary that runs past this season, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports wrote this past weekend.

The Clips are less than $2MM shy of a hard cap they triggered when they used the non-taxpayer’s mid-level exception on Spencer Hawes and the biannual exception on Jordan Farmar this summer, so they can’t take on Austin’s salary, worth nearly $2.44MM, without giving up salary in return. DeAndre Jordan, Glen Davis, Ekpe Udoh, Hedo Turkoglu and Chris Douglas-Roberts are the Clips without any guaranteed salary beyond this season, though it would be a shock to see the Clippers part with Jordan. Should the Clippers acquire Austin, whose deal expires at season’s end, they couldn’t re-sign him for a salary greater than the nearly $3.111MM rookie scale team option the Pelicans declined for 2015/16.

Clippers GM Dave Wohl and assistant coaches Lawrence Frank and Mike Woodson are encouraging Doc to overcome fears about the perceptions that would surround a father trading for and coaching his son, as Wojnarowski also reported Sunday. Doc said to reporters on Saturday that he’s more open to the idea of coaching Austin than he had been in the past, Wojnarowski noted.

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