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NBA wronging Kevin Garnett by preventing Celtics-Clippers trade

Jun 24, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

Kevin Garnett worked hard, played well and won big. That earned him a no-trade clause written into his contract, a rare privilege extended currently only to Garnett, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki.

David Stern has, in effect, taken it away from Garnett.

The Clippers tried to trade for Garnett at the trade deadline, but it wasn’t certain he’d allow it.

Now that he’d probably allow it, the NBA seems prepared to block it.

The NBA’s decision involves questionable rationale – why can teams split trades into multiple pieces to create trade exceptions, but this is banned? – and also an unreasonably hard line.

One appeal of Rivers to the Clippers is his ability to attract top talent. Obviously, that primarily relates to Chris Paul, but Rivers could help with Garnett, too. If Garnett is willing to to accept a trade to the Clippers, the NBA shouldn’t stop it.

Rivers going to Los Angeles makes a Garnett-for-DeAndre Jordan trade make more sense for all parties. Garnett fits well with the contending Clippers, and the rebuilding Celtics could use a younger Jordan.

There’s a catch-22, though, because Garnett might not accept the trade without Rivers in place. And if Rivers were still in Boston, maybe the Celtics wouldn’t want to trade Garnett, anyway. Plus, without Rivers to relate to him, maybe the Clippers wouldn’t want to add such an intense personality to their locker room.

But Los Angeles does have Rivers, and somehow, instead of making a Garnett trade tenable for all parties, it’s now seemingly impossible.

Everything is fluid, and I don’t see why the NBA should bar that continuity here. Of course, Rivers and Garnett going to the Clippers would be related. But so is every single decision every team makes. No team makes a move without the next move in mind. It all relates together. It always relates together.

A waiting period for, or worse an outright prohibition of, getting Garnett to the Los Angeles is unfair to the Clippers, Celtics and Garnett.

  1. jadaruler - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Stern needs to let the KG for Jordan deal go down. If Jordan improves at the ft line he came be a really solid center. KG is running on a 4th of a tank.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Stern please get out NBA and New York, grab Bloomberg on ya way out too!

  2. ajsjr40 - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    I would think the union would sue the NBA on behalf of Garnett assuming the proposed trade to the Clippers complies with the collective bargaining agreement. BTW… Stern is an idiot.

  3. breastfedted - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    The NBA is fixed

  4. 32magicman - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    How can Garnett possibly leave the celtics after the way he treated Ray Allen when he signed for miami?! He wouldn’t shake his hand and called him a turncoat. He would be the ultimate hypocrite!!

    • Anoesis - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:17 AM

      I guess that would then make him qualified to be league commissioner.

    • jmb05 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Garnett wasn’t mad at Allen for simply leaving the Celtics. He was mad that Allen left to sign for their main rival while the core of KG, Pierce, Doc, and Rondo was still in tact. KG would be leaving under very different circumstances. The Celtics are not trying to make another run at a title. Doc is gone, Pierce is likely gone, and the Celtics are rebuilding. Garnett would not be leaving the Celtics in the midst of a title run for a main rival. Very simple-minded and ignorant.

  5. 2dmo4 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    I’m so sick if David Stern intervening whenever he feels like it. He, among other things, is what is wrong with the NBA & a reason why I rarely watch anymore.

    He dicks with things that shouldn’t be dicked with.

  6. hitdog042 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    With Garnett replace POS with “first ballot HOF”. Haters.

  7. winniethepootietang - Apr 17, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    id agree with this if only because the NBA in recent years has been inconsistent when it comes to enforcing their policy of “league parity” by blocking big transactions that they declare uneven. for example they stood by and let KG and Allen go to boston for scraps, they let lebron james and chris bosh go to miami, they let pau gasol to the lakers for essentially kwame brown (nobody knew marc would be this good at the time), and yet on the other hand when the league was operating the hornets when they didnt have an owner, they refused to trade chris paul, first to the knicks and then the lakers. they let certain teams do this while at other times they did not for no apparent reason.

    • winniethepootietang - Apr 17, 2015 at 7:07 PM

      I forgot to mention that when I said the league refused to send paul to LA or NYK, this was specifically because they didn’t want another 3-star team; in LA it would have been Kobe and Pau, in NY Amare and Melo

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