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Report: Kevin Garnett may have off-season surgery on ankles

May 6, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

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What will Kevin Garnett do this summer, retire or come back for another year with the Celtics?

A lot of that is tied to what the Celtics do with Paul Pierce — they can buy him out for next season for $5 million before June 30. Come July 1 he’s back at $15.3 million next season, and KG at his discounted $12 million would be back, too. Most likely.

But there is more than that going into his decision, such as surgery on his ankles reports Jackie MacMullan at ESPNBoston.com.

Team sources said KG might undergo offseason surgery to shave down the bone spurs in his ankles, an operation that is not viewed as a major procedure. Two of his teammates privately speculated he is considering retirement.

“I have no clue,” Doc admitted. “I was positive last year [he was coming back]. I’m not as sure this year.”

Garnett has a couple years left on his contract, but if the Celtics decide to rebuild he may just decide it is time to walk away from the game. Pierce has said if he is bought out he will play somewhere else next season.

I have a feeling by the time we get to the draft we’ll know what Boston is doing, one way or another. And what KG is doing this summer as well, besides getting his ankles operated on.

  1. lakerade - May 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I can think of a lot of teams who could use what KG can bring when healthy (LAC, GSW, HOU). Pierce? Not as clear…

  2. eventhorizon04 - May 6, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    “I have a feeling by the time we get to the draft we’ll know what Boston is doing, one way or another. And what KG is doing this summer as well, besides getting his ankles operated on.”

    Agreed. If KG retires, Boston’s rotation at center is in crisis, and that will shape their draft and free agency priorities. I’m sure KG will tell Ainge before the draft whether he’s coming back, so Ainge can plan accordingly.

    My guess is he comes back if he gets assurances that Pierce is staying next year.

  3. money2long - May 6, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    a retiring garnett is better than a lot of nba big men.

  4. mazblast - May 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Pierce can bring drama matched by few players when he’s “injured”.

    • GT - May 6, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      The bandaged head incident after losing to (Indiana?) was a one-off. Name a few other things if you want to prove it’s a pattern.

      • GT - May 6, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        Ok, Ok, there was the wheelchair thingy a couple years ago too. Hmm. Maybe you’re right…

  5. jimmymarlinsfan - May 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Kevin, come to the Heat if you want another title ;-)

  6. pantsfreezone - May 6, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    KG should take his talents to South Beach for the veteran minimum and rekindle his relationship with Ray Allen and being successful.

  7. bknowledge - May 6, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    I’d like to see KG on Golden State. KG for David Lee? What if Golden State also sends a first round pick to Boston…
    Yes…KG has a no trade clause…

    Bogut, KG, Barnes, Klay, Curry…that’s a basketball team I’d like to see…

  8. badintent - May 7, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    KG to China. Play with Starbury ! Rondo, eat your heart out !

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