The NBA draft is coming up on Thursday and, obviously, there is a lot of chatter around what teams are planning. However, the saga that has become the Boston Celtics is ongoing. Doc Rivers is set to take over as the next head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers and the futures of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are as uncertain as they have ever been in Boston.
The Celtics have until June 30 to make a decision as to whether or not they would like to buy out Pierce’s final year for about $5 million instead of paying him the more than $15 million that he is guaranteed.
As for Garnett, he has a no-trade clause in his current contract, but if he no longer wishes to be in Boston, apparently, he may be amenable to a trade that would bring him to Brooklyn.
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.
Garnett, 37, has a no-trade clause in his contract, which he vowed not to waive last season. But circumstances changed dramatically in Boston following a first-round playoff loss to the Knicks, with GM Danny Ainge committing to rebuilding and Doc Rivers bolting to the Clippers.
A proposed deal that would’ve sent Garnett to the Clippers with Rivers was blocked by the NBA because it’s illegal to package a coach with players. Rivers’ new contract includes a stipulation that the Clippers and Celtics can’t swap players until the end of the 2013-14 season.
Moke Hamilton, NBA AnalystIf this is something the Nets could pull off, it would be an absolute no-brainer for the Brooklyn Nets. Kevin Garnett would give them something that they desperately need. What’s more, Garnett holds a significant trump card with his no-trade clause.
It is obvious that Danny Ainge would like to blow things up in Boston and he would like to get some value in return for Garnett instead of simply watching him retire—which, we have been told, is very possible.
So where does that leave us? Essentially, the Celtics need to find a team that Garnett would approve a trade to, but also one that has some assets in return to send to Boston in return for first ballot Hall-of-Famer.
In order to match Garnett’s $11.53 million salary, the Nets would almost certainly have to build a deal around Kris Humphries. They would also have to include some assets to make the deal make sense for the Celtics. The rights to Bojan Bogdanovich is an attractive asset and the Nets could also include MarShon Brooks, Toko Shengelia and Mirza Teletovic in such a deal. The team also owns a few first rounders that it could include.
Those pieces do not exactly add up to a home run offer, but Ainge may not be able to hit a home run with the pitches he has been thrown.
Bondy believes Garnett ending up in Brooklyn is a long shot, and while we agree, we will not say it is impossible. In the past, Billy King has pulled off multi-team trades and since Garnett has the no-trade clause, he wields an unorthodox amount of power in this situation, especially since he could retire and leave the Celtics with nothing in return.
Definitely a very interesting story worth keeping an eye on.