If the Clippers and Celtics do pull off the much-discussed mega-trade involving coach Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett, point guard Chris Paul should get credit for an assist.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Paul got discussions back on track Wednesday by telling the Clippers that finishing the Rivers/Garnett transactions were essential to his re-signing with LA as a free agent. The Clippers ended the discussions on Tuesday.

Under the current proposal, per Yahoo!, the Clippers would acquire Garnett for center DeAndre Jordan, and Rivers would be allowed to break his Boston contract and sign with LA. The Celtics would receive two first-round draft picks as compensation. Garnett would still need to waive his no-trade clause, which he is expected to do if he can keep working with Rivers.

"Doc is taking the job to coach Chris Paul," a league source told Yahoo! on Wednesday. "This isn't happening if Chris planned to leave."

Yahoo! reported that the LA front office planned to meet with owner Donald Sterling on Wednesday to get his approval. Sterling needs to sign off on significant outlays of money to make this deal happen. Rivers reportedly would receive a five-year, $35 million contract to coach the Clippers, while LA would also have to pay a $3.5 million trade kicker to Jordan.

Then there's the expensive contract Paul would require to stay.