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Report: The Nets plan to pursue Kevin Garnett in free agency

Apr 21, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett calls out to his team mates as the Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Reuters

Kevin Garnett‘s going to be a free agent this summer. That sounds weird just saying it. But if he doesn’t return to Boston, he’s going to have options. And one option keeps him in the Northeast, as both the New York Post and New Jersey Star-Ledger report that the Nets have interest in bringing in Garnett.

What the Nets are thinking— reportedly — is that they need to upgrade the roster and power forward is one place they feel they can do better. The team reportedly plans to chase after Boston’s Kevin Garnett as they try to add star power for when they move into the Barclays Center.

via Nets’ Kris Humphries, a target around the NBA, is revered by teammates |

A high priority for the Nets in the offseason will remain a starting power forward, with unrestricted free agents Kevin Garnett of the Celtics and Ersan Ilyasova of the Bucks leading targets.

via New Jersey Nets in wait-and-see mode regarding Dwight Howard of Orlando Magic –

Now, Ilyasova is a good player. They probably can get a good deal on Ilyasova, where they overpay him as they do everyone but still get good value on him. But Garnett? That’s the most Nets move I can think of for them this summer. Overpay for an aging player who, despite having an absolutely stellar year, is almost guaranteed to not return at as high a level, signing him to a long-term contract that could become an albatross depending on what happens.

That’s throwing good money after bad, which is kind of the Nets’ motto.

If the Nets can get Dwight Howard, great.Makes it all worth it. They can have Deron Williams and Dwight Howard and struggle to make all the pieces fit like the rest of the superstar teams. But if they miss on Howard, having a core of Gerald Wallace, Kevin Garnett, MarShon Brooks, Brook Lopez, and Gerald Green is bad. Very bad. Very, very bad. Long-term and immediately. The Nets need a bigger plan,  a long-term plan. And Garnett would not fit with that. KG is still going to be able to help teams,but for starters, why would he sign with a team who, without Howard, would have absolutely no shot at a title? The only reason would be for an ungodly amount of money and… ooohhhh.

The Nets have the pieces to field a competitive team in 2014, maybe 2015. But their resistance to that fact indicates that they’re only going to dig the hole deeper to avoid the incoming water.

(HT: Hoopshype)

  1. jumbossportsblog - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

    • okcallday - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      You should kill yourself.

  2. AlohaMrHand - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    great news!KG will bring them instant success!


  3. mikeewright7 - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    As a Celtics Fan KG will be bout 2-3 years, ill give him till the end of next season…his body cant go through another 82 game season…this one 66games hurt (his fighting through it)

  4. lakerluver - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Why would he, or for that matter ANY star, want to finish his career in a Nets jersey?

    • lmoneyfresh - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      But..but…they have Jay-Z!?!?

  5. rajbais - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    New Jersey, don’t even try!!!!

    You have NO cache of any kind for free agent recruiting!!!!

  6. 4thquartermagic - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Is it just me or are the Nets banking REALLY hard that by just simply playing IN Brooklyn will make every free agent want to become a member of this “storied” franchise?

    The Knicks play at Madison Square and it didn’t help them attract near as many players as the $$$ did.

    Knicks overpaid players for decades because they sucked. What makes the Nets think they”ll be any different?

  7. giantssb42champs - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Used goods/has been. This would be a terrible move by the Nets.

  8. marlin1894 - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    If Boston wants him, he’ll stay.

  9. soopreme - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Kevin Garnett will be a MIAMI HEAT next year.
    You heard it here first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. doctorfootball - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    KG?? Really, New Jersey? He’s got one foot in basketball’s graveyard!

  11. lakerade - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    KG will go where the money is. The Nets will be lucky when someone else outbids them… or not, maybe they are just that dumb.

  12. lakerluver - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    KG has a home in Los Angeles, he’s tight with THE BLACK MAMBA, and he’s already made 300 million in his career. It all adds up to one conclusion: he will be a LAKER next season. Yep, book it!! Bye, Metta, hello, KG.

  13. jumbossportsblog - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Can some clarify why there is a reblog option on these pages if everyone comments are so negative when you reblog a story?

    • bozosforall - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      Does that reboot option automatically generate the post with your name on it?

      • jumbossportsblog - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:05 AM

        No. It gives crete to the reporter. I simply reblog so it goes to my facebook wall for peopke who may have missed the story or need to know more that just whats on ESPN

      • bozosforall - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        So, who generates the post…you or PFT? I’m not trying to dog you here, just trying to understand how the site function operates.

  14. bozosforall - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Hope that the Nets bid high.

  15. bigzant82 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM


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