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Reports: NBA questioning Celtics-Clippers trade

The NBA is questioning the connection between the Celtics [1] trading Kevin Garnett [2] for DeAndre Jordan and then relinquishing the rights to Doc Rivers [3] in exchange for two first-round picks from the Clippers, as first reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein [4]. The league’s guidelines state player deals cannot be contingent upon coaching contracts.

Meanwhile, the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy [5] contradicted two previous reports [6], claiming a) Celtics president Danny Ainge reached out to Los Angeles after Tuesday’s stalled talks, and b) the Clippers did not present owner Donald Sterling with a package that would have sent Jordan and two No. 1 picks to Boston for Garnett and Rivers.