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June 17, 2013

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Trade Negotiations

The Celtics were apparently deep in negotiations with the Los Angeles Clippers on a trade that would send Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers to L.A. for DeAndre Jordan.

The talks, however, hit a snag over the weekend. Holding up the deal was Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe. The Celtics want him involved in the package, the Clippers do not because they are rumored to be in talks with the Lakers on a trade that would send Bledsoe and Blake Griffin to the Lakers in exchange for Dwight Howard.

It was a smart move for Danny Ainge to hold out for the right package. The Celtics have all the leverage with Rivers, who wants to leave but is under contract for three more season and $21M. Sure, changes need to be made, but the Celtics have to get something in return for their commodities, and Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers are difference makers in the league.

Gronk Surgery

A fifth surgery in the last eight months for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been scheduled. The All Pro tight end, who has already had four procedures on his injured forearm, is scheduled to undergo back surgery on Tuesday.

Gronkowski missed his final season at the University of Arizona with a back injury but the current back ailment is reportedly unrelated to the college injury.

The Patriots top red zone target is expected to miss the start of training camp but is expected to be back before the regular season begins.

NHL Awards

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin won his third career Hart Trophy this weekend given to the league’s most valuable player. Ovechkin was a surprise choice given the regular season Penuins forward Sidney Crosby had.

Bruins nemesis P.K. Subban, of the Canadiens, was awarded the Norris Trophy for the league’s best offensive defensemen, Blue Jackets goale Sergei Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy, given to the league’s best defensive forward.

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews won the Selke Trophy, awarded to the league’s best defensive forward edging 2012 winner Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins in a historically close vote.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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