NBA commissioner David Stern appeared on ESPN Radio in New York on Thursday and offered additional comments on why the league is uneasy with the proposed swaps that would send Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles in exchange for DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks.
"I would say, in the language of diplomacy, that the teams are aware that the collective bargaining agreement doesn't authorize trades involving coaches' contracts," Stern told hosts Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco. "The only consideration that can be done here in player transactions are other players, draft picks, and a very limited amount of cash. But, coaches' contacts don’t qualify as extra consideration or acceptable consideration in player transactions. The teams know that. It has been confirmed to them. What we wouldn’t prohibit -- what the rules wouldn’t prohibit -- let me start again, what the rules won’t allow, can't be gotten around by breaking it up into two transactions."
Stern suggested the very public nature of the trade talks between the Celtics and Clippers are working against the teams as they try to satisfy the league's requirements.
"If you think, at this point, having been all over the media for the last week, [even as] separate transactions, when you get back from Miami, Stephen A., I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I would very much enjoy selling to you," quipped Stern.
When it was suggested it sounded like Stern was saying that Rivers might not end up in L.A., Stern replied, "I'm not saying more."
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