Friday, February 15, 2013
KG's future with the Celtics
By Tom Carpenter
Per ESPNBoston.com's Chris Forsberg, Kevin Garnett said on ESPN Radio that people are reading too much into his comment that he expected this to be his final All-Star Game.
"I did say that, didn't I?" joked Garnett. "I’m just being honest. To think that, first off, not to take this for granted and I’m more than honored and flattered. But to think that two years left, who knows what the future’s going to hold for me. I can’t say that I’m going to be an All-Star next year at 37-38 years old. That’s ludicrous."
Garnett's future is uncertain, just like the Boston Celtics'. KG has a no-trade clause, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been the subject of trade rumors. As for what the C's might target in a trade, Danny Ainge told WEEI radio that he would like a "guard that, if I had my perfect guard for this group right now, it would be a guard that can play multiple positions, that can shoot, and has some toughness. Then we need a big."
ESPN NBA Insider Amin Elhassan thinks that although a trade that would send KG to the Los Angeles Clippers for Eric Bledsoe, Caron Butler, and/or DeAndre Jordan might fill those needs for the C's, the Clips shouldn't pull the trigger:
Amin ElhassanWhere trades really make sense
"This deal had cold water thrown on it recently, mainly because of the Celtics' unwillingness to deal Garnett, but the team that should be saying "no" is the Clippers. Would Garnett's defense, intensity and intangibles be an incredible addition to the Clippers lineup? Without a doubt. But it'd be hard to call them a lock for a championship this season with the addition, and for this price, that's what you want. I wrote about the Clippers' future, detailing their lack of youth (five players under 30, three of whom are under 25: DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe). To move one or more of these young players for a soon-to-be 37-year-old due another $24 million over the next two seasons ($18M guaranteed) would tremendously hamstring any effort to sustain success beyond this season. However, the Clippers might find themselves in a situation with impending free agent Chris Paul similar to that of the Brooklyn Nets with Deron Williams, as they made questionable deals for high-priced talent to appease and convince him to re-sign. Even then, it's not enough return for now, or later. Good deal for Clippers? No"