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Report: Nets contacted Celtics to inquire about Kevin Garnett

Jun 26, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

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In the wake of Doc Rivers leaving the Celtics to coach the Clippers, and with Boston GM Danny Ainge non-committal on the futures of both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett with the franchise, it’s only natural that other teams would begin to come calling to check on the availability of the Celtics’ aging stars.

The Brooklyn Nets were apparently first in line, and made the requisite call to the Celtics to inquire about Garnett’s availability.

From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

A future Hall of Famer might become available, so Billy King did his due diligence and made the call.

Multiple sources told the Daily News that the Nets GM inquired about Kevin Garnett’s desire to join Deron Williams in Brooklyn, but King didn’t get an answer while uncertainty surrounds the Celtics.

But it’s no surprise King inquired about Garnett, a 15-time All-Star and former MVP. The Nets not only desire a reliable starting power forward, they could use a vocal and respected leader. Garnett fits the mold.

The call was likely made not to immediately secure Garnett’s services, but to gauge his interest in joining the Brooklyn franchise.

Garnett is one of the very few players in the league to hold a no-trade clause as part of his contract, and he has previously been unwilling to waive it for any team outside of Los Angeles.

If the Celtics choose to bring Pierce and Garnett back for one more season, it’s unlikely that KG would be interested in playing anywhere else. But if Pierce is dealt, anything is on the table where Garnett is concerned, and finishing his career with a playoff team may instantly become more appealing than playing for a lottery team, or choosing retirement a year or two earlier than expected.

  1. ji8888 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    This could be a total backfire for the Clippers if KG ends up there. I’d laugh at Donald the crook Sterling.

  2. rodge1 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Somewhere Ray Allen is smiling. Enjoy the karma KG…

    • donlimpio4 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      Ray Allen was a visionary,he jumped the ship before it sunk.
      Now he has two rings.

      • 24thesho - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:50 AM

        Well, it seems like the Celtics trying to throw him over the ship and his insticts told him to jump out at the first sight of land. How ironic is it that it was Florida? Haha! Clearly, a player of Allen’s experience, stature, and demeanor was not recieving the respect from a few members of the Celtics he certainly deserved.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Kevin Garnett to the Bobcats!!! Do it!! Make it happen Rich!

    • stoudemelo - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:26 AM

      This a dumb comment considering Garnett has a no trade clause he would never waive to go to the bobcats.

    • andyhr17 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      I’ll go out on a limb and say he was being sarcastic.

  4. halfbaht - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    KG and The Truth aren’t going anywhere. If you think otherwise, you’re an idiot

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      ^ :-D

    • sal11 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:49 AM

      So Danny Ainge is an idiot?

    • sfsugator - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      dude, they are gone bro. follow the leader in this case Rivers is the leader.

    • dezglobal - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      “The Truth” lmao

  5. badintent - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Brooklyn is many things, but LA it is not ! And that’ the Truth

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Little red light on a highway, little green light on a speedway, hey-hey.

      • badintent - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        funny. niced

  6. 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    Hey ivan, what’s the matter? This article wasn’t good enough to reblog? Not to your liking?

  7. stoudemelo - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    This a dumb comment considering Garnett has a no trade clause he would never waive to go to the bobcats.

  8. andyhr17 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    No way the Celtics trade him to a division rival. He’ll be back for one more year or retire.

    • alildusty - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      @andyhr17

      exactly what i was thinking but if celtics are in complete rebuild mold they can take chris humphries 12million expiring contract and just tank. kg doesn’t have many years left so giving him to division rival won’t mean much when it’s time to compete for a playoff run in 2 years after rebuild.

      • andyhr17 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        I’m not in favor of the tanking method. Even ditching Garnett and Pierce they still have a team good enough to not be in the bottom of the lottery. Tanking also has bad Karma. Hasn’t exactly worked for them before.

  9. ProBasketballPundit - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    It’s gotta be hard to sniff around a guy like Kevin Garnett when you have no draft picks, no assets, and no salary cap space.

  10. sportsnut101 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Celtics still have a good team why would anyteam give up more this season to get them last yr was the yr to do it. They are a yr older now means less minutes

    U see how giving up first rd picks worked out for Steve Nash trade. He sucked n was injured. Phx got 4 picks for him. Phx is laughing still

    Aww how nice billy king made the right call to make a call. To bad he makes wrong choices on how much to pay a guy. Aka Wallace n Lopez Lopez just had another foot surgery Wallace can’t shoot There best players are Reggie Evans dwilliams U noticed I didn’t include joe Johnson when he shoots 4 for 12 on average nights u don’t get included.

    I also love how people say yes he’s a shooter yes he is all he does is shoot. No1 says he’s a good shooter lmao

  11. doublezero74 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Lottery team? That’s a little extreme

  12. stayhigh_247 - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I dont see KG playing for J Kidd. I’d rather see Chicago make a move and reunite him with Thibs. Bring in KG and someone that creates their own shot and the east becomes very interesting.

  13. 24thesho - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    (Correction)

    Well, it seems like the Celtics were trying to throw him over the ship and his insticts told him to jump out at the first sight of land. How ironic is it that it was Florida? Haha! Clearly, a player of Allen’s experience, stature, and demeanor was not recieving the respect from a few members of the Celtics he certainly deserved.

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