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Report: Kevin Garnett has heavy conditions on waiving no-trade clause

Feb 4, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

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When people haven’t been talking about Beyoncé and power outages on Monday, they seem to have been planning Kevin Garnett trades. Particularly with the Clippers after reports leaked out that the two sides have talked. Those two sides are nowhere close to a deal right now, but that doesn’t stop people from speculating.

Neither will this, but it is more likely to kill a deal.

Kevin Garnett is one of a handful of NBA players with a no-trade clause in his contract — he can’t be moved unless he waives it. And long-time NBA reporter Shaun Powell tweets he would only do so under specific circumstances.

Los Angeles would have to be the Clippers, the Lakers are not trading for another aging front line player, especially one with a big salary that cuts into their 2014 summer cap space.

Speaking with former Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy today — he and Justin had me on the “Off the Dribble” show on XM Radio — he said the move makes sense for the Clippers if they think this puts them over the top. Right now, could the Clippers beat Oklahoma City in a seven game series? If they think the answer is no and they think Garnett changes that equation by changing the defensive end of the court (even though the Clippers are a top five defense in the NBA over the course of the season).

I still think it is highly unlikely the Celtics make this bold a stroke at the deadline. I think it would be hard for them to get real value back in trades under that pressure. I think KG retires a Celtic, and that he may not wait until the end of this three-year contract to do so.

  1. tannethrill - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Any chance they move both KG and Pierce to LA?

    • biasedhomer - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      I think the C’s would get more if they dealt them separately.

    • dominwindhamnh - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM


  2. timb12 - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Is that what the tweet meant? Like he and pierce are a package deal?

  3. money2long - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    it sounded to me KG , if those are his real words, could also have been saying LA as in the city plain and simple. like, regardless of franchise. just the access to being close to home in general. kobe’s still on the lakers, would he be opposed to that? i’m just saying this because the article said it just had to be the clippers.

    • kylos13 - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      He’s saying it has to be the Clippers because the Lakers won’t make the deal. They need the cap space in 2014 to try get some big name free agents, plus they already have two big men that aren’t producing like they used to, why would they want a 3rd?

    • money2long - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      ok, i said what KG wanted. not la. I thought i made that clear.

      • bougin89 - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        The article doesn’t say that KG ruled out the Lakers, Kurt and common sense rule out the Lakers. You’re getting all these thumbs down because you misinterpreted the article.

    • jedifriedchicken - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      Lakers don’t want to join forces with Celtics, they want to destroy them.

    • money2long - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      once again, speaking specifically from what kg’s words might have meant. not from how the lakers want to view the situation. please, no one come here and comment further about the lakers’ point of view. thank you.

      • eventhorizon04 - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:42 AM

        The Tweet – “[The reporter was t]old Kevin Garnett will not waive no trade unless Pierce is dealt, and then only to LA. Lives in Malibu.”

        Sounds like KG would – *in theory* – be open to going to the Lakers.

        He doesn’t want to be traded because he likes it in Boston.
        However, if and only if the trade partner were an LA-based team, he’d accept the trade in part because he already has a home in Malibu.

        As a second condition, he’d then ask that Pierce be traded as well before he’d waive his no-trade clause.

        I strongly doubt the Lakers would trade for KG, but KG’s demands – based on what we know – would seem to allow for the possibility if the Lakers decided to make their front-court even older.

  4. jimeejohnson - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Malibu, home of Bob Dylan, Mel Gibson, and Kevin Garnett!

  5. sportsnut101 - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Just trade pierce already what are u waiting for
    Garnett to la no thx not for butler who’s aging n Bledsoe

    Would need picks on top of it 2 2 nd round picks

    • dominwindhamnh - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Not enough. Theyre not trading Pierce. And Butler and Bledsoe makes no sense – the C’s have no height now – so you trade their only big? Who plays C – Jason Collns? Please. he gets 6 fouls in 6 minutes and cant shoot. They need size. And no one will give a quality big for KG because he’s too old. His biggest value is to the C’s. Thye need to trade a pick or 2 or Bass and a pick for a big somewhere. None to be found.

  6. drewzducks - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    He means the Clippers. Why would he want to leave for a team that has less of a chance than winning than he currently has? Also he did not mean a trade “with” Pierce, more so that if Pierce is dealt somewhere there is no point in him staying with a team in full rebuild mode.

    • money2long - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Why would he want to leave for a team that has less of a chance than winning than he currently has?

      why? simple, because he lives in malibu . i thought KG made that part clear as well.

      also, don’t assume KG doesn’t see the bigger picture. will he “currently have” a better chance to win if pierce is dealt? rondo is done, and so is sully…things are falling apart at the moment, but the celts r on a winning streak. however, things are looking, starting to, look better for the lakers. kg might have as much faith in himself to know he has the abiltiy to be a big contributor to a full fledged turnaround for the lakers.

      don’t just assume he meant ONLY the clippers. if any of you remember, another nba player, antawn jamison, who doesnt have a ring, was considering playing for the bobcats because it was close to home. nash went to a rival because it was close to home, mixed in with the fact they could win it all, but thats another story nowadays.

  7. nycalldayz - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    How true is this statement? Knowing Garnett’s personality I see him retiring before playing for another team. Garnett strikes me as someone who’s loyal and doesn’t like to bounce around. This is the same guy that had to be yanked out of Minnesota before playing in Boston.

    • nycalldayz - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Hard to believe trade rumors. I can’t understand why the Clippers would consider trading Bledsoe, their only back-up PG to Chris Paul to basically rent Garnett for the second half of the season. That makes no sense. It makes no sense to trade Bledsoe at this time when there’s no guarantee Paul will re-sign with the Clippers. And adding Butler in a possible LAL/BOS trade makes no sense, because he’s the Clippers 4th best scorer behind Paul, Crawford, and Griffin. Want Butler on your team come playoffs. Plus the Celtics already have Green and Pierce.

      • money2long - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        they will trade bledsoe eventually. he is staritng caliber and it is not easy to keep two starter-worthy point guards on the same team. money and egos are the factors here.

  8. BigBeachBall - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Celtics suck, keep ur geriatric

    • dominwindhamnh - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Another intelligent Laker fan. Try spelling like a 3rd grader sometime – it would be an improvement.

    • nycalldayz - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:41 PM


      Says the unknown name “BigBeachBall ” or would u like to be called “BigBeachBum”? I assume you’re Clippers fan, because your comment seems personal. Last time I checked the Clippers have a few geriatrics. One more wouldn’t hurt, right? I’ll take that geriatric any day on my team.

  9. davidly - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Pierce and KG for D12. Book it.

    • dominwindhamnh - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Who is D12? He better be Jordan reincarnated or you have no clue…

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