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Doc Rivers says Celtics want Kevin Garnett back next season

Mar 23, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett reacts during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers as the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan looks on in Los Angeles Reuters

The question is not want. As always the question is money.

But know that the Celtics would like to have Kevin Garnett back next season, in large part because he has played better than expected this season. His contract is up at the end of this year, he is a free agent. Still, some in Boston think that if he does play next season it will be only in Boston.

Doc Rivers is on board and said this about KG before the Celtics took on the 76ers Friday night, via CSNNE.com.

“Oh yeah, absolutely. We want him back,” Rivers said. “I think it will come down to if he wants to play or not. But, you know, who knows? So many games and so many things can happen. Being around this as long as I have I know it is very emotional how the season ends. And a lot of players have made poor decisions on the end of a season, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

As to why he would play in Boston as opposed to somewhere else?

“I think he’s very comfortable, I think he’s healthy,” Doc Rivers said to Greg Dickerson on CSNNE’s Courtside Club… “I think moving him to the five has been a big benefit to him. Now he’s the quickest guy every night at his position, and I think that’s been a big benefit to him as well.”

All that love is swell. It really is.

What matters is always the money.

Next season the Celtics have just $35 million on the books because Ray Allen, Jermaine O’Neal and KG (as well as others) all come off the books at once. They have the ability to bring in a max player and more. They can remake the roster for the future, with Rajon Rondo as the heart of the new team. KG is not the future. So it’s a matter of who they can bring in and at what price before they consider KG.

Garnett is not going to get a long-term deal or anywhere in the vicinity of the $21 million he is making this season. But if he would do a two-year deal closer to a league average salary, would Boston bite?

The Celtics have a lot of decisions to make. So does Garnett. But don’t be shocked if he is back in green next season.

Ray Allen on the other hand…

  1. bozosforall - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    I guess it’s always good to have a supporting cast member back as long as they want to be there…becuase KG never was nor ever will be able to carry a team on his skinny shoulders. That’s why he had to go to Boston, where Pierce was and always will be the real man on that squad. Either way, the ancient Celtics are going nowhere fast.

    • jjordannba - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      Ok Bozo, which of your favorite teams did the Celtics beat? Because you seem to have a passionate hate for them. Are you bitter?

      • bozosforall - Mar 25, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        I don’t like ANY teams from Boston. Actually, it’s the fan base that I don’t like. No bitterness at all. Just returning the years of Yankee bashing that I have had to witness from their end forever.

  2. dashortstop517 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Well duh

  3. glink123 - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Paid $21 million, producing $5 million.

  4. patsbruin1021 - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    The celtics will draft Austin rivers to replace Ray as the starter.

  5. skinzfan21 - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Its idiots like “bozosforall” who talk out their a** without having the slightest clue of what they are talking about! KG carried those sorry minnesota teams for all those years with no help and fell victim to being loyal to a fault……..yet every year they were in contention! But if you knew half as you thought you did, you’d already know that and wouldntve said the dumb shi* you said clown! Btw, KG was the key reason boston won that chip……so those “skinny shoulders” have been carrying long enough if you ask me

    • bozosforall - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      KG = ZERO titles in Minnesota. The only idiot that I see here is you.

  6. mempusa - Mar 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    WHY!?! he’s a dinosaur!

  7. keyshawn22 - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    KG back in Boston is a great idea for everybody if he is willing to sign a reasonable contract. Pierce never won crap until KG showed up. KG is the reason for that title and was by far the best player on that team even if he wasnt the leading scorer. Granted KG was never explosive again after his knee injury but he is still an elite defender and good rebounder. He would instantly make any team better. If he does leave boston i hope he goes to OKC with Perk and wins a couple more titles at the lakers expense

  8. lakerluver - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Go to the LAKERS and get that 2nd ring, KG. Plus, Steven A already intimated that it “should” happen, so it’s a done deal. KG lives in L. A. in the off-season and he’s close with THE BLACK MAMBA.

  9. rregalbu - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Sorry to break it to ya buddy but KG is gonna retire in BOSTON!!! read here::::: http://www.yardbarker.com/nba/articles/kevin_garnett_tells_weei_hell_retire_as_a_celtic/3319718

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