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Report: Clippers have contacted Celtics about trading for Kevin Garnett

Feb 3, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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The Clippers have been sliding a bit recently, but that’s been largely due to the absence of Chris Paul, who’s missed more time than initially expected with a bruised knee.

That apparently hasn’t deterred the franchise’s thinking, however, that with all of its pieces healthy, it can contend legitimately for the title this season.

This most recent report that has the team looking to add a serious piece before the trade deadline all but confirms it.

From Sean Deveny of Sporting News:

A couple of things would have to happen for this trade to go down, and the likelihood of each seems questionable, at best.

First and foremost, the Celtics would have to decide, as an organization, that they’re officially done trying to win with its veteran core players. That includes Garnett, but it would also mean a likely deal to get Paul Pierce off the books, as well.

That’s a bold decision, and one I’m not sure Boston is willing to make at some point over the next two and a half weeks before the Feb. 21 trade deadline is upon us.

Then there’s the matter of Garnett, and what his wishes are for the remaining years of his NBA career.

Garnett is one of four players to have a no-trade clause, so any decision to play elsewhere via trade belongs to him, and him alone. It’s unclear if Garnett would sign off on playing for the Clippers, but he’s long had a summer home in Malibu, so at least it’s known he has a fondness for Southern California.

The first hurdle seems to loom larger than the last one for this deal to be completed. But on the Celtics side, they’re probably happy to know that serious offers that include young talent like Bledsoe are likely to come their way, if in fact the decision is made to begin the rebuilding process in Boston.

  1. paintman34 - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    They should only do it if they can get Deandre Jordan, they have no need for Butler and wont have a need for Bledsoe when Rondo gets healthy.

  2. drunkenjunk - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    No way Boston does this. The only trades I think they’ll make are something that might keep them in contention. Maybe they’ll get rid of Terry.

    • ccraig232 - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      The only thing the Celtics are in contention for is getting beat in the playoffs. Outside of that they are in contention for nothing.

    • saint1997 - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      There is no logical move to get them back into contention unless they make 2 big trades for names like Millsap or Jennings or Evans, none of which is happening

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    I am and have been a clipper fan for about 5 years now and I’ve been watching the NBA, with a lot of interest for only 7 or so years, in saying that I’ve seen Garnet play and his attitude to the fans and rather not see him as a Clipper. He’s just such an ass, its hard to root for him most of the time

  4. pukpokito - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    What the Celtics are getting here is “just Bledsoe”.A trade for James Harden plus parts would have changed the Celtics mind at the start of the season but not just for Bledsoe.No way the Clippers let Jordan go.Good points by paintman34.Ifthe CelticsdodecidetotradeKG,yes,they willhavetotradePaulPiercetoo as those 2 deserve to go to a contender

  5. readysethike - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    so butler and bledsoe for pierce and garnett? clips would be makin a mistake due to clippers not having a solid back up behind paul…who seems to be injury prone

  6. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    The Celtics need inside presence. Letting Garnett go considering the players he would be traded with does not exactly tackles the problem.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      *does not exactly TACKLE the problem.

      Mea culpa for the typo.

  7. BigBeachBall - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    kobe gasol pierce and garnet in different uniforms would be nice… everybody from that 2008 series actually… put the era behind us… none of those guys have a shot at another title unless they bail…

  8. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    I’d like to think the C’s could get an inside presence simply by flipping Bledsoe and Butler once again. That being said I’d never do this if I’m the Clip. And forget the idea on them trading Jordan to get KG.

  9. dko83 - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Celtics should do this. I LOVE KG, but long term.. Bledsoe is the man. Whoever said Celtics have no need for Bledsoe when Rondo is healthy is just wrong. Every team could use a Bledsoe.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      I don’t think that the issue here is that Bledsoe PER SE is not needed by the Celtics. I think what is immediately needed by the Celtics is to get back into a force of DEFENSE, especially inside the paint. It was their defense that brought them Banner 17. If they could get another team that would have the Celtics add a player to fill in the defense vacuum KG would leave, then sure, getting Bledsoe AND a Defense Minister would definitely be a good trade.

      • dko83 - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:50 AM

        Well said, but that means Jordan. And that’s not happening. So either the trade isn’t happening, or the trade isn’t meeting your requirements as a good one.

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:57 AM

        It doesn’t have to be Jordan. As I have said, a third team might be required to be involved where you can get both Bledsoe and a paint defender from another team.

  10. scalfor3 - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    This deal makes no sense. Guard is the one position where the C’s are set for the future (Rondo and Bradley). As nice as Bledsoe is, I wouldn’t do it if I’m Danny.

  11. loungefly74 - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    C fans…how do ya feel about this? does this mean the season is over?

  12. sportsnut101 - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Bad deal for clips cp3 hurt every season. N Crawford not getting younger. So keeping Bledsoe would be smart.

  13. manuelvargas1203 - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Boston should start rebuilding, best thing is to get younger
    My solution is

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=b3y52c9

    -Clippers get Truth and KG who they want.

    -Boston get a solid C and a good young PF
    Plus Odom and Bell last year contract

    -Jazz get their PG of the future and
    a decent SF and should be in playoff hunt

  14. eventhorizon04 - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    If I’m the Celtics, I’m rejecting this deal.

    Eric Bledsoe is a good trade chip. Very talented, and only getting paid an average of $2.1 million per year this season and next year. *Apparently*, some teams have called the Celtics about acquiring Jason Terry. If the Celtics traded for Bledsoe and traded away Terry, a Rondo-Bradley-Bledsoe-Lee would form a young and athletic backcourt rotation.

    However, Butler doesn’t really fit the Celtics’ needs. He’s a natural small forward, and the Celtics have Pierce and Jeff Green as their 2 small forwards, and at power forward, the Celtics have Bass and Sullinger. The Celtics’ primary weakness is depth at *center* behind KG. Trading KG leaves a *massive* void at Center that nobody on the Celtics roster could come close to filling right now, so I’d only go for a trade involving KG if the Celtics were offered a good young Center in return.

    Big men, even ones at age 37, are very, very valuable.

  15. nykfan4life - Feb 4, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    I believe this trade would bring all teams except Utah into contention but giving Paul pierce to Utah is better than losing all Jefferson next year http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=aqt476p

  16. dexteruk - Feb 4, 2013 at 5:12 AM

    trade kg and season is over! period! we need inside help anyway not another guard and small forward. bring in k mart and then trade rondo next year for a scoring big, weve been doing pretty good without rondo

  17. supremekingz - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Why would LA do this? KG is washed up and expensive

  18. shanelsweet - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    What about star power? Watching Garnett is way better than watching Butler and “Beldsoe”. Boston ticket buyers should demand Denver get involved with McGee. At least they be getting comparable entertainment value.

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