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Report: Spurs interested in Kevin Garnett… really?

Jun 11, 2012, 12:45 AM EDT

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Kevin Garnett next to Tim Duncan on the San Antonio Spurs?

Really?!? Who came up with this?

This is the Spurs organization loyal to Duncan, and reportedly Duncan hates Garnett. So you’re going to pair them?

It sounds both ill advised and strange. That said, it would make the already formidable Spurs potential frontrunners in the West. It makes some sense on the court, but it still just feels wrong.

Apparently the Spurs are thinking about it anyway, according to Buck Harvey in the San Antonio Express-News (hat tip CSNNE.com).

The Spurs will consider everything and everyone this summer when free agency begins. But one option tossed out this weekend by one in the Spurs organization is not just another name. Kevin Garnett.

Most likely both Duncan and Garnett will re-sign with their current teams. Duncan certainly will, he will be a Spur forever. And I have a tough time seeing KG taking a huge pay cut to jump conferences. Especially after that playoff run.

But it’s out there.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    that would be a great frontcourt to watch.

  2. redbullenergydrink - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    If this happens… then the rich just keep getting richer.

  3. jamesbmckay - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Never going to happen. KG is a Celtic and will never play anywhere else. Let the stupid rumor season start with this idiotic one. Go Cs…

    • addictedzone - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      Other than maybe….12 years in Minnesota?

  4. stoudemelo - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    You’re completely right. Garnett is the poster child for loyalty.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    ha Celtic fans delusional as usual. KG is a “Celtic”? He’s been there five years, and regardless of where he goes, he’s taking a huge pay cut. No one’s paying him more than 3 years/$30M, and Boston certainly won’t; if they plan to bring back Allen or BRING IN anyone else. Pierce looked like Rockets Barkley of ’99-’00 in the playoffs. They should have traded him while he had value. He’s slow as hell now.

    Garnett is a team guy. It could work.

  6. bestcoastinfluence - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    I don’t see him fitting in with the Spurs, but man that would be an upgrade in the front-court. The C’s need to keep Garnett no matter what.

    • 20dollardinners - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      Why would he not fit in with the Spurs?

      • bestcoastinfluence - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        Because from all I have read he and Timmy don’t get along. I know they could probably co-exist, but I wouldn’t want to anger the one guy who has made this franchise a winner. They need to upgrade, but KG is not the answer.

      • blueintown - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        bestcoast – Jordan and Pippen were not fans of Rodman. That worked out alright.

  7. rwmilli - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    ^^^ pierce looked slow? Yeah he’s old you usually lose a step with age? Thanks for pointing out the obvious, did you watch the Cs at all…nobody hit bigger shots than pierce even when rondo had huge games pierce hit clutch shots when they were needed…

    • basedrum777 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      You can hit big shots while being slow…

  8. thekingdave - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:08 AM

    Not only has Garnett been a Celtic for just 5 years, but he wanted nothing to do them summer 2007 when the trade talks. That only changed when they acquired Ray Allen. Celtic for life though right?

  9. rajbais - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    Nine years ago there were talks of Jermaine O’Neal coming to San Antonio when the Spurs had cap space. Where did scenario that go?

    • basedrum777 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Out the window with JO’s ability…

  10. rajbais - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    Nine years ago there were talks of Jermaine O’Neal coming to San Antonio when the Spurs had cap space. How did that scenario go?

  11. baron30 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    I could see KG re-signing with Boston or signing w/ an LA team to finish his career out west where he lives in the off season.

    Lakers trade Pau to Philly for Iggy and sign KG….1: Session (unless and upgrade is out there), 2: Kobe, 3) Iggy, 4) KG, 5) Bynum….have Metta coming off the bench. Could be a strong team and buy another 2-3yr window for Kobe to get some hardware.

    • vprkilr - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      Another delusional Lakers fan…

  12. cosmicatomic - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Duncan is too smart to be against signing Garnett just because he doesn’t like him on the court. A Duncan/KG duo would be awesome.

  13. joshm5683 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    KG I feel is a loyal guy. He stayed on the toiling Minnesota franchise way longer than he should have out of loyalty. I was glad to see him go to the Celtics and get a shot at competing, and this is coming from a Lakers fan. I don’t like KG and think his antics are pretty childish, but I definitely respect him and what he brings to the game.

  14. mungman69 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    As soon as Bosh showed up ( games 6 & 7) Garnett looked old. He had nothing in 6 & 7. They will have to limit his minutes. It’s a shame that Kevin’s best years were in Minnesota. No one saw him play there.

    • basedrum777 - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      I really think this is the key to why SA would make sense for KG. He and Duncan could go together at times and/or split some time. This could give each a break.

  15. lakerluver - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    @baron30, I actually like the way that sounds. Initially I wasn’t too excited about Iggy for Pau but if the LAKERS can replace him with KG that would be a good move.KG is a few years older than Pau but at least you know he comes to play every game and will not shrink in big moments, as Pau did the last two seasons in the playoffs. And the LAKERS offense would probably suit KG better than it does Pau.

    • LogicalConsideration - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      At this point in his career, Garnett has made plenty of money. He is only going to go somewhere that is at least remotely perceived as an immediate contender. That pretty much rules out the Lakers. Any objective observer will tell you that because of the age of key players and because of salary cap limitations based on existing contracts, the Lakers are, at best, 5 years away from being a contender. Due to Kobe, they are certainly a playoff team that can advance to the 2nd round, but that is about it.

      Besides which, due to the aforementioned salary cap limits, the Lakers literally cannot afford Garnett, even at a cut rate of 3 years and $30 million.

      • sham13ert - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        I think it’s not out of reach for Garnett to take the MLE to play on a team that has a chance to win a ring.

        With that said, I just can’t see Garnett playing for one of his biggest rivals, the Lakers. He has burned far too many bridges in this league.

  16. vikingstwinsman - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Kevin Garnett a MERCENARY, he will go for the $$$$$ and join the Spurs! If he was “loyal” he would still be a wolf!

  17. sham13ert - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    I’m not saying this is happening, but Garnett has to take a huge pay cut anyways. He made 21 mil this year, he could put similar numbers to last year, but more than likely those rickety knees are going to get worse not better. He should be in the 7-8 mil a year range.

    Garnett will not end up on the nets or any other rebuilding team. He could take the MLE and end up on a contender, but everyone in the league hates him, so hard to see any pairings working.

    • LogicalConsideration - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      By the way, thanks for making a comment that slightly diverged from mine without losing your mind and making it in the form of a mind-numbing personal attack that is all too common around here.

      You may be correct about KG being willing to play for the standard MLE ($5 million), but as things stand now, the Lakers are so over the luxury tax limit that all they could offer would be the mini MLE which is $3 million. I don’t see as a proud a man as he is taking peanuts to play (that is not a crack on him, just a recognition of the obvious). Now, in theory the Lakers could unload a bunch of players and clear cap space, but I think the general wisdom is that they don’t have players that other teams would want that would clear enough cap space (except for Kobe, who of course they will never trade).

  18. graphhunter123 - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Kevin is in san antonio already. We saw him at a hotel bar last night.

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