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Report: Clippers and Celtics still discussing a Kevin Garnett trade

Feb 16, 2013, 1:38 AM EDT

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You may remember hearing some rumblings about this a few weeks back, but apparently the interest hasn’t died down. The Celtics and Clippers have been rumored as potential trade partners before, and that makes some sense. Boston is going to need to rebuild at some point, and the Clippers have a chance at a title for the first time in…well…forever.

With the trade deadline looming and every GM rubbing shoulders in Houston, it’s no surprise talks have been rekindled.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics are still discussing a trade for Kevin Garnett. This time, however, there’s a new wrinkle:

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have been discussing a deal to trade forward Kevin Garnett for guard Eric Bledsoe and center DeAndre Jordan, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

There are differing factions within the Celtics and Clippers on the prudence of the deal, but the two teams have been in regular contact about the possibility, sources said.

Nevertheless, the biggest hurdle could ultimately center on Garnett’s willingness to waive his no-trade clause and accept a deal to the Clippers.

Because of his home in Malibu, and a close relationship with Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, there’s hope that Garnett, a 15-time All-Star, could be coaxed into accepting a trade if an agreement is reached, sources said.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski | Yahoo! Sports

Now this is a little different. Clippers small forward Caron Butler was mentioned in the original rumors, but he’s been replaced by DeAndre Jordan — which would obviously be a huge talent upgrade for Boston and an even bigger long term risk for the Clippers.

I’ve discussed my thoughts on trading Eric Bledsoe in this space before, but the inclusion of DeAndre Jordan would make this the ultimate “all-in” move for the Clippers, for better or worse. While no one denies the greatness of Garnett and the potential positive effect he could have on the Clippers this season, it’s a scary proposition for the Clippers to go into the offseason with Blake Griffin and no other player under the age of 31 under contract.

The “differing factions” Wojnarowski mentions loom pretty large here. Celtics GM Danny Ainge may love a deal like this, but that doesn’t mean Paul Pierce or Rajon Rondo would. Chris Paul and Vinny Del Negro, both on one year contracts, may like it, but Clippers management may not be doing backflips about it.

Stay tuned — if one thing is certain, it’s that there is interest on both sides in some capacity.

  1. doctorfootball - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    In my opinion, if that’s the deal, the Clippers are getting reamed

    • dko83 - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:35 AM

      You are correct sir. As a Celtics fan.. please let this happen (I LOVE KG, always will..).

  2. thekingdave - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Any Celtic fan that isn’t down with this needs to consult with a mental health professional ASAP

  3. eventhorizon04 - Feb 16, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    The contract numbers work out.

    Why it helps the Clippers: KG is a guy who in the playoffs can play 35+ minutes per game (and unlike DeAndre Jordan, KG can hit free throws, so he can play in crunch time). Just as Chris Paul is a coach on the floor running the offense, KG is a coach on the floor running the defense. KG spaces the floor as an elite mid-range shooter, and he works as a pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop partner with Chis Paul. He also gives Griffin room to operate in the paint.

    Why it hurts the Clippers: As D.J. Foster mentioned, the Clippers become an older team after this since Jordan and Bledsoe are key parts of their “youth.” CP3 and Blake are 27 and 23 years old, but pretty much everybody else is 32+ years old. So it’s win-now move.

    Why it helps the Celtics: The trade gives him a *huge* boost in youth and athleticism in both their back-court and front-court. They’ll have a guy they can groom as a true backup PG (Bledsoe) who will get plenty of time to develop as Rondo rehabs his ACL. Rondo + Bradley + Bledsoe + Lee becomes arguably one of the youngest and most athletic back-court rotations in the NBA. Meanwhile, Jordan gives the Celtics a big boost in size.

    Why it hurts the Celtics: I don’t see the Celtics pulling off a playoff run this year without KG’s leadership. While this move sets up the Celtics for big things in 2014, it more or less kills their chances of making much noise in the playoffs this year. Jordan is young and athletic, but he’s not going to be able to provide as much as KG does at this point of his career. Bledsoe likewise has potential but is still a work in progress.

    • Kansachusetts - Feb 16, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Excellent analysis, though I see this as a likely first step before an ultimate Rondo trade.

  4. BigBeachBall - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    Free rajon rondo…

  5. fnc111 - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    Derek Rose will get traded to the Lakers after next season.

  6. teambringitstrong - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    Well, at least KG can sleep in his own bed at night if this trade goes down. Looks like the Clip Joint is loading up for a run at the title. Thanks to David Stern.

  7. BigBeachBall - Feb 16, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    this looks like a done deal….

  8. dannymac17 - Feb 16, 2013 at 6:14 AM


    if it aint broke, dont fix it.

  9. timb12 - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Would this really help sign Chris Paul? Hypothetically if they do win a ring, Garnett will probably retire. Grant Hill probably will too. Their team will be worse. I don’t know why he would resign when he knows they probably won’t win another ring. My apologies for mentioning Grant Hill like he’s a key piece.

  10. jcrileyesq - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    only way this happens is if cp3 wants this to happen

  11. mat9844 - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    One of the reasons the Clips have had such great success is the chemistry between the players. That’s just as important, if not more, than talent on a team. Why would they even think to mess with that?

  12. kacapaco - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    am from Boston and love live love this deal. no matter what streak we might be, we know this team ain’t going anywhere this season. getting DeAndre will be huge. Go Celtics.

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