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Kevin Garnett to Clippers trade nowhere close to happening

Feb 4, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

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At this time of year, teams have some preliminary discussions about more trades than you do with your buddies in your fantasy league — teams will even ask about guys they never would trade, just to get a sense of their market value.

There is a Mississippi River of back-channel or down-low trade conversations that take place, what we hear is snippets when a reporter gets a bucket full of the water and reports it. Almost none of that chatter ever becomes an actual trade.

Such is the case with the talk between the Clippers and Celtics about a possible Kevin Garnett trade. I have no doubt there was a conversation, maybe more than one. But as Paul Flannery notes at SBN the Celtics are not interested right now.

The trade rumor that made the rounds before the game started — Garnett for Caron Butler and Eric Bledsoe — was floated from the Clippers’ perspective, but the Celtics don’t have any interest. It would take a lot more than that to get KG out of Boston and that’s before anyone gets around to asking him if he wanted to waive his no-trade clause to make it happen.

And if you think that’s just the Boston side, here is Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

If the Clippers made this move, it would essentially signal the end of their trust in DeAndre Jordan. And while he has been losing some late-game minutes lately the Clippers are not there yet.

But it was a fun diversion to talk about for half an hour while they fixed the lights at the Superdome Sunday.

  1. clevelandschronic2 - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Funny i remember some people on here laughing when it was reported that the clips were interested in varejao of the cavs and the clips offered the cavs deandre Jordan only to have the cavs ask for Bledsoe. 90% of you laughed and said take the offer and now Jordan has regressed alot. Plus it seems the clips are trying real hard to replace him. Seems Chris Grant was right again to ask for more

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Cavs still suck.

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        Two words: Kyrie Irving

  2. mat9844 - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    The Clips may be going through somewhat of a slump until the return of CP3, but I hope you’re right and this trade is not gonna happen.

  3. fearthehoody - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Its good this wont happen! As a Clipp fan, the problem is Vinny Del Negro not the players. Said it for 2 years now, Clipps will never go past 2nd round with VDN as coach

    • dannymac17 - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Wrong. The players have to take accountability.

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        Well said.

        No whining about it. Just step up!

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      The problem is VDN? Really?

      I don’t think so. He has done an excellent job IMHO. What the Clips need to do is to step up while their leader is out.

      Think positive. I see this as an opportunity for the other players to prove their worth.

  4. supremekingz - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    K G is completely washed up and useless. He’s just a head banging insult throwing defensive player who’s defense is regressing and who’s hops is shrinking. He’s a bum now.

    • bougin89 - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      You must not actually watch basketball. Kevin Garnett is no longer in his prime, that is obvious, but he can still bring it.

  5. axltcu - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Must be a slow news day in the NBA when the top headline on ESPN and SI is a terrible hypothetical trade that is going no where and is never going to happen.

  6. cantstoplebron6 - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Trade garnet and lee for Deandre green and bledsoe

  7. nycalldayz - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    B.S. rumor. That trade wouldn’t benefit either teams.

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