Doc deal prevents player trades with Clips

The Doc Rivers compensation agreement between the Celtics and Clippers prohibits the two teams from trading players between now and the end of next season, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and multiple reports.

One source briefed on the specifics of the anti-trade language in Rivers' deal told Stein that the contract provision even precludes multi-team trades featuring three or more teams in which players on the Celtics' and Clippers' rosters are swapped until after the coming season.

That would appear to create at least some wiggle room for Kevin Garnett and/or Paul Pierce to join the Clippers via free agency if either is bought out of his respective contract, but sources say that the league -- instead of assessing hypotheticals -- would likely wait until such situations unfolded before addressing those possibilities.