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NBA trade deadline: Kevin Garnett-to-Clippers talk is off, report says

Kevin Garnett is staying in Boston, it would appear. (David Zalubowski / AP)

Kevin Garnett is not going to be traded to the Los Angeles Clippers — at least that’s now it stands now, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

With the NBA’s 3 p.m. Thursday trade deadline approaching, talks with the Boston Celtics on a trade that would send Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan to Boston for Garnett have ended.

Although the Celtics would like to continue talks, Wojarowski reports that there’s not likely to be any movement unless Chris Paul presses Clippers management to make a deal. The Celtics, according to the report, are insistent that Bledsoe and Jordan be part of any trade.

Garnett, of course, would have to waive his no-trade clause, but Boston could apply pressure and make a trade more palatable to Garnett by trading Paul Pierce, as Wojnarowski notes.

On Tuesday, Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, sounded pessimistic that any deal would get done, but sounding pessimistic is the pragmatic thing  to do until the trade deadline arrives.

“There’s been a lot of conversation around the league and we’ve been very busy,” Ainge told the Boston Herald on Tuesday. “Trades are very challenging to make, and then on top of that we like our guys. I like watching this team play, I like the personality of our team. We just need to find a way to give them the best chance to win with the resources we have.”

Follow @CindyBoren on Twitter and on Facebook.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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