LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers informed the Boston Celtics on Tuesday morning they are pulling out of talks to acquire Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers, sources said Tuesday.
The teams have no plans to speak again, the sources said, and the Clippers are preparing to move on and hire a coach this week.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, meanwhile, confirmed to The Boston Globe that the talks between the teams had ended.
Ainge told the newspaper that the Celtics have told Rivers that they want him to return to coach the team next season.
"He has been told that all along," Ainge told The Globe.
The question now is whether Rivers still desires to return after this publicized flirtation with the Clippers and his uneasiness about a rebuilding process in Boston.
The talks broke down Tuesday morning when the Clippers "refused to budge" on Boston's latest proposal that asked for DeAndre Jordan, straight up for Garnett, and two first-round draft picks as compensation for allowing Rivers out of the final three years and $21 million of his contract.