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Is Kevin Garnett Heading to the Clippers?
As it often happens with trades in the NBA, it’s not so much about the actual players who might be traded as it is contingent on which player outside of the trade talk is staying or leaving a team.
For instance, trade rumors are currently heating up regarding the Celtics Kevin Garnett going to the Clippers in exchange for Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan.
However, this possible trade is very much dependent on Clippers point guard Chris Paul. If the All-Star resigns this summer to a long-term deal with the Clippers, Bledsoe is disposable to the organization. If Paul decides to take his talents elsewhere, the Clippers would want to hold on to Bledsoe in hopes of grooming him to take Paul’s spot.
Furthermore, if this trade gets any traction, it’s also dependent on Kevin Garnett. The future Hall of Famer has a no trade clause in his contract giving him veto power over any trade talk that includes his name.
Garnett has a home in Malibu and a close friendship with Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, which could sweeten the deal.
The Celtics suffered a devastating blow when they lost point guard Rajon Rondo to an ACL injury last month. To their credit, Boston has not fallen apart in Rondo’s absence. In fact, since Rondo went down, the Celtics are 8-1, walking away with victories from playoff bound teams like the Heat, Clippers, Bulls and Lakers (wait a minute, the Lakers aren’t going to the playoffs, proving some old habits are not too hard to break, but I digress).
The Celtics now hold the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. After losing guard Leandro Barbosa to the same ACL tear suffered by Rondo, the Celtics need a guard who can help run the offense. Likewise, the Clippers need a big man who can help spread the floor and make life on the court easy for Blake Griffin.
For Garnett, the switch to a team on the rise compared to a team (most likely) on the verge of a rebuilding process could bode well for the 15 time All-Star. But that is all based on the condition that this potential trade gets close enough to becoming a reality and Garnett doesn’t refuse.
Look up loyalty in the dictionary and you will see a picture of Garnett, eyes blazing with a ferocious intensity that could melt reinforced steel. Garnett has taken the legacy of the Celtics long-standing success as a personal vow to keep pushing and never give up despite the odds. Sylvester Stallone is eagerly awaiting Garnett’s retirement to get him in The Expendables 3 ( or 4 or 5 or 12). Would Garnett sail out of Boston, leaving Paul Pierce behind for the sunny beaches of Hollywood with the possibility of a title come June?
When it comes down to brass tacks, it’s not about Garnett and Bledsoe as much as it all centers on Chris Paul. Could he be responsible for the next “Decision”?
Most likely, Paul will stay put with the Clippers. It’s his show. Without him, they struggle like a monster with no head. With him, the Clippers have become a top five team in the league and have made their longtime bunk bed buddies, the Lakers, look like the brother who married the wrong girl.
Who knows if this trade will happen. This time of year is ripe with trade talks ranging from the probable (Ben Gordon getting shipped out of Charlotte) to the downright insane (dump D-Rose and go full steam ahead with the Boozer revolution in Chicago). Ok, I made that one up. God forbid such nonsense should ever creep out of Gar Foreman’s tight-lipped mouth.
According to Yahoo Sports, Kevin Garnett is just fine staying put in Boston.
“If it’s up to me,” Garnett said, “I will live and die green all day.”
Nonetheless, as an NBA junkie, this is that special time of year when almost anything is possible. Longtime teammates can be ripped apart, super teams can be formed or disbanded, and GM’s are forced to choose between cap space and success.
In a week or so many NBA teams may look very different. Or they may not. That’s the beauty of all this trade speculation: It’s something to do while the not so exciting All-Star break takes place.
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