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What does Kevin Garnett want to see if he returns to Celtics?

Jun 13, 2012, 10:16 AM EDT

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A lot of teams are going to reach out to free agent Kevin Garnett, to see if he wants to wear a third uniform in his career. I don’t see that happening. As Romeo Void taught us long ago “never say never,” but it’s hard to picture KG doing anything but returning to the Celtics or hanging up his shoes and calling it a career.

So if he’s going to be convinced to come back to Boston, what is it going to take? I don’t mean money, that can be figured out. But KG isn’t coming back unless this team is a contender. Does that mean he wants to see it shaken up, or kept intact?

Apparently, he wants the guys he has gone to battle with before. From the Boston Herald.

“Kevin’s very loyal, and he hates change,” one source said. “But I think it’d be hard for him to come back if it’s a total rebuild. If he’s going to play, he has to be playing for something. I think he’ll wait to see what’s going to happen. If Danny (Ainge, Celtics GM) can give him a solid answer right away, then maybe he gives them an answer, too. But KG’s going to want to know who he’ll be playing with.”

The conundrum for Ainge and the Celtics is this — there is a big rebuild around Rondo coming in their near future. They can bring back KG with Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo and some nice role players for another year or two, but is that enough? They couldn’t get by the banged-up Heat this year and Miami will be back. Chicago will get Derrick Rose back and be a force. Indiana is getting better. You get the idea.

I get the feeling there will be no quick resolution here. Garnett needs a couple weeks to get out of the season mode and think this through. Boston needs to see what kind of team they are putting together. Then the two sides can see if there is a fit.

  1. 1historian - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    This should be interesting to watch, especially with the Celts having 2 choices in the 1st round, and Danny Ainge showing definite signs of being devious and sneaky and underhanded – like the old redhead.

    • bozosforall - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      Cheating has always been a way of life in Boston. Good to see at least one of you admit that Red was a cheater…just like Belichick, Ramirez and Ortiz.

  2. fairbanksflame - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    KG signs with da Lakers… They trade Gasol, Blake and Barnes fa Josh Smith and a pick, also pick up Kyle Lowry… And fill in da rest of da roster

    • veinsofgod - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      That simple huh?

    • lbroberts123 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      The odds of that happening are about the same as you learning to convey a message with complete and proper grammar.

    • giselleisasucubus - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      must be nice to live in fantasy land fairbanks

  3. jek84 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    “They couldn’t get by the banged-up Heat this year”
    I don’t see how you can talk about the heat being banged-up when the celtics lost Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Jermaine O’Neal, Chris Wilcox, Ray Allen was playing with bone spurs in his ankle and Pierce had a sprained knee.

    • passerby23 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      Exactly. How different are the Celtics with Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, and Chris Wilcox? They’re in the Finals right now with those guys.

      • Kurt Helin - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:39 AM

        I hate what ifs. What if the Heat had a healthy Bosh and Mike Miller all series? What if the Sixers had made a few more plays? We can do that all the way to the Bobcats winning a ring… well, almost.

      • passerby23 - Jun 15, 2012 at 5:59 PM

        @ Kurt Helin:

        Is it that much of a “what if” to assume Boston would’ve been more effective offensively with Jeff Green off the bench? Is it that much of a stretch to assume Chris Wilcox would’ve at least been able to keep KG a little fresher? Is it off the wall to assume Bradley would’ve at least bothered Wade/Lebron a little more than what they were able to do? Mike Miller has been invisible for two years. Chris Bosh played in 3 games in the series. That kinda changes the equation.

        I’m not one of those people who says “if Boston had all their guys, they win the series,” but if you’re going to point out not being able to beat a banged up team, then you kinda have to talk about the team that is MORE banged up.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Are we going to get a Wall of Voodoo reference next?

  5. dgbk - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    @ jek

    Your facts are not wanted here..the celtics couldnt get pass the banged up heat and thats final…

  6. giselleisasucubus - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Read between the lines. He wants Ray Allen on the team.

    • ss3walkman - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      I agree. If they don’t bring back Ray he wants out.. Or 40 acres and a mule.

  7. j0esixpack - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    “They couldn’t get by the banged-up Heat this year”

    Funny – I thought Bosh actually played in Game 7 and hit some monster 3 point shots.

    Without Bosh, a banged-up young talented Heat team doesn’t make it past an even more banged up geriatric Celtics team, and KG is still playing in the Finals.

    The question as you correctly point out is whether Ainge thinks its worth it gambling on whether the Celtics Big Three would be healthy enough come the 2013 playoffs to contend – or whether its time to go in another direction.

  8. canehouse - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Does it really matter anymore… It’s a wrap for the Celtics.

  9. ajwarhol22mn - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Back to the wolves, him and love in the paint with Rubio feeding them…better chance then the celtics aging court

  10. joshvanklomp - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    If he doesn’t return or retire, I could see him go to Houston to be with McHale.

  11. paulhargis53 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    canehouse: What a coinkydink, its a wrap for the Heat too. They don’t have the bench to keep up with the Thunder.
    They MAY get a win in Miami, but this series is over in 5 games tops.

    • bozosforall - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:06 AM

      As usual, you speak too soon, with sh!t in your mouth. Heat just won in OKC.

  12. redblue560 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    I think the Thunder is getting the feel for the opposing team and making adjustments along the way. If you saw the Spurs series, they were outplayed by the Spurs in first two games, after they adjusted on game 3, the Spurs have no answer. It was practically a sweep. As I posted on another topic, it would be a good thing for the Thunder to sweep the Heat.

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