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Kevin Garnett says he won’t waive his no-trade clause

Feb 16, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

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Kevin Garnett has said that this is his last All-Star game. He’ll be turning 37 soon, and this will be his 15th All-Star game. He knows his way around this whole spectacle. It’s the same party every year for him.

As a gift for what might be his last appearance, Garnett fielded tons of questions from the media on Saturday regarding the rumored trade talk that would send him to the Los Angeles Clippers for Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan.

While many think that Los Angeles might be the only place Garnett would accept a trade to because of his home in Malibu, Garnett was pretty firm on wanting to remain a Celtic on Saturday:

Asked on Saturday morning at All-Star weekend if there was a circumstance or team for which he would drop his no-trade clause, Garnett said, “No.”

Garnett then added, “Why would I come back and make the visits to rally this team to go further only to be set up to have change?”

“That’s what today’s going to be about it,” Garnett said. “This is what y’all want to talk about today? You want to talk about trades?

“I get it. I get it,” Garnett said. “It’s all good. If it’s up to me, I’m going to live and die green all day.”

But it is up to Garnett, since he has a no-trade clause.

“OK then, so what are we talking about?” Garnett said.

Via Jeff Zillgitt | USA Today Sports 

If you thought Kevin Garnett wouldn’t be vocal on his opinions regarding his future, you don’t know Kevin Garnett. He’s obviously an incredibly loyal guy, and it is completely up to him whether he gets moved. The Celtics can’t trade him without him signing off on the deal.

According to Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe, Garnett has not been approached about a trade, either.

“Garnett said Celtics team president of basketball operations has not approached him recently to discuss any potential trades. He said he has not talked to coach Doc Rivers about any impending trades, either.”

All that said, Garnett isn’t a lock to be a Celtic after Thursday’s deadline. If the Celtics can find a deal for Paul Pierce first, then KG might be more open to being moved. There was a previous report that said Garnett would only accept a trade if Pierce was already traded AND if he was being moved to Los Angeles.

Which has to make the Clippers’ brass think about a few things. If the Clippers are really the only logical landing spot for Garnett, why trade both of your valuable young assets in Bledsoe and Jordan? Shouldn’t the Clippers have the bargaining power? If the Celtics really want to move Pierce and Garnett and begin their rebuild, there has to be some leverage in being the only team (forget about it, Lakers fans) that can net him.

As is, it sounds like Garnett wants to stay in Boston. Add that to the reported reluctance of the Clippers front office to trade Bledsoe and Jordan, and this has the makings of a deal that fizzles out. If Celtics GM Danny Ainge really wants to move Garnett, it sounds like he’ll have to tear down the rest of the team first.

  1. kingbeason52 - Feb 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    “I’m going to live and die green all day.”
    What a clown

  2. giselleisasucubus - Feb 16, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Ownership doesn’t want to trade him or Pierce. As much as people try to pretend it doesn’t matter, the owners are looking at playoff gates, and their is no way in hell they are giving that up. Celtics ownership doesn’t own the building, so the extra playoff revenue is HUGE for them. I would be stunned if they made a move. Also, if Rose doesn’t come back, the C’s are the best team besides Miami. Why break it up? Boston tried rebuilding for years. It didn’t work. Trading for 2 guys who are good but not great is pointless. Sorry, you can keep your two dimes and a nickel because Boston wants to hold onto the quarter.

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      “Also, if Rose doesn’t come back, the C’s are the best team besides Miami”

      There are so many things wrong with this statement I don’t know where to begin. But I guess I’ll start by asking why the 8th seed is the second best team in the conference, and why you said “if” Rose doesn’t come back…

      • giselleisasucubus - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        Get a clue, cosanostra. This your first season as a fan? Want me to explain to you how the game works? Remember last season, when Boston was under .500, made a run, got the 4 seed and made the conference finals? Yeah, that was last season, and they are doing the same exact thing. Oh, Rondo is gone? Who cares, they’re better off.

        Cosa, I’ve forgotten more about basketball than you will ever know. Learn the game.

      • cosanostra71 - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        Oh yeah, remember last season when the Lakers won the division and the Warriors were one of the worst teams in the NBA?

        Yeah, last season is clearly the perfect indication of how this year will play out.

    • teehov843 - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      SMH! Without Rondo, there are at least 3 teams, possibly 4 better than the C’s. Miami, Indiana, New York and Chicago. They might as well break it up, they ain’t getting no younger. C’s have to explore and make a deal for Pierce and Garnett to get younger. I think they will be traded this summer.

      • giselleisasucubus - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Again, learn the game. I’m so sick of reading and hearing people tell me how great Rondo is. Most of you people don’t even watch, you just go by his pts and assists, which are completely overrated. Not to mention 13 pts a game for a guy who had the ball 80% of the time is pathetic.
        New York, Indy and Chicago are better than Boston? How come Boston has beat all three of them the last three times they played? Boston and Miami are still the best in the conference, End of story.

  3. j0esixpack - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Garnett earned his no trade clause and I don’t fault him for using it, but let’s just be clear about one thing:

    If the Celtics deem it in their best interest to trade him, and Garnett refuses, that’s not Garnett being loyal to the Celtics

    That’s Garnett being loyal to Garnett.

    Again I have no problem with Garnett playing where he wants to, but he can’t call himself “loyal” if he’s preventing his team from getting better.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Six pack wisdom.

  4. jmclarkent - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    As a Jazz fan this gives me hope – I’d love to make the same swap for Al Jefferson.

  5. halfbaht - Feb 16, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    It’s laughable how this site constantly reports on things that will never happen. We won’t trade KG or The Truth, the Celtics are just any organisation, it’s one build on tradition, respect and loyalty. KG and especially The Truth have been loyal to the green time and again and now it’s our turn to repay that loyalty. Both with retire in the green and white, anything else would be tragic. You don’t trade your franchise guys. Regardless of age. There’s no need to try and rebuild right now, the C’s will attract players once KG and The Truth retire because they’re the C’s. Just like the Lakers will attract players without Kobe in a couple of years.

    • eventhorizon04 - Feb 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Yeah, the Celtics never trade loyal players!

      By the way, why is Perkins on the OKC Thunder again? Did he get left behind by the Celtics on a road trip a couple of years ago and never bothered to re-join his old team?

  6. kb2408 - Feb 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    When have the Celtics attracted elite free agents like the Lakers have? KG wouldn’t have gone there had not Ray been traded there first. That’s probably why after Bird retired they went over 20 years between titles.

  7. psubeerman21 - Feb 16, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    This is Boston’s fault. Why would you give an aging player a no-trade clause? Why would you give ANY player a no-trade clause? His contract goes for two more years at 11.5 and 12 mill, respectively. If he wants to sit back and collect his money, he can, because Boston management gave him the right to decide when they rebuild. He already has done just about everything, so why should he waive the clause?

  8. kelvinmchale - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    My question is this: why does KG feel the need to publicly come out and announce that he is not going to waive his no trade clause? The only person he needs to tell this to is Danny Ainge. This makes me think that he has been asked to send a message to any other players out there (Dwight Howard) who might be traded to the C’s that if they end up in Boston KG will be there to win with them. Am I crazy, or just delusional?

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      You put Howard on the front line with KG you have a chance to win it all, without Rondo even.

  9. j0esixpack - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    The question isn’t whether Ainge would consider breaking up the team.

    He’s on record saying he would consider it – heck, he’s on record saying he’d have broken up the Bird/McHale/Parish Big Three.

    The question is CAN he. With Garnett’s no trade clause, trading Pierce could force Garnett’s hand – but I still don’t see it happening. It’d have to be a heckuva good deal to spur that

  10. ajsjr40 - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    It’s all about winning titles. If you can’t win one with your current roster then you need to be thinking about how to build a roster that can compete. Pierce is an LA kid. Any way they can move both to the Clippers?

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      Maybe if they throw in free avocados.

  11. jimsjam33 - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Please don’t waive your no-trade clause because a trade for Bledsoe and Jordan would be madness . The Clippers give away two rising stars for a super nova getting ready to explode . Clippers don’t make any moves The question of Al Jefferson for Jordan would be interesting though .

  12. abchome - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Good. I really don’t like the Clippers trading Bledsoe and/or Jordan before season end, whenever it would be. Talent certainly matters but so does chemistry. I’d like to see how far this group can go before any major roster change.

  13. dko83 - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    This is why Clippers are denying the trade. KG killed it.

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