In a recent radio interview with ESPN’s Collin Cowherd, NBA Commissioner David Stern spoke out against the potential trade between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers.
“I would say, in the language of diplomacy, that the teams are aware that the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t authorize trades involving coaching contracts. The only consideration that can be done here in player transactions is other players, draft picks and a very limited amount of cash. But coaches’ contracts don’t qualify as acceptable consideration in player transactions. The teams know that. It has been confirmed to them.”
The potential trade would send Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to LA, with DeAndre Jordan and two first round draft picks coming to Boston.
As of this morning, the trade was awaiting approval from the Clippers owner, Donald Sterling.
If the trade is agreed upon by the two teams, it would go to the league office for approval. As of now, it is unknown whether or not Stern would let the trade pass.
The interview can be heard here: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/podcast/archive?id=2799707