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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  3 responses

Clippers and Celtics Reportedly Ended Kevin Garnett Trade Talks


Kevin Garnett has made it clear that he has no intention of waiving his no-trade clause, and the Boston Celtics’ front-office continues to insist that a major trade isn’t on the horizon. So, it’s not too surprising that talks between the LA Clippers and C’s have reportedly cooled. Per Yahoo! Sports: “For now, the Los Angeles Clippers have terminated talks with the Boston Celtics on a Kevin Garnett for Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan trade, league sources said. The Celtics have been eager to continue the conversation on the deal, but league sources said the talks will remain dormant unless Clippers star Chris Paul pushes the issue with management. Several prominent executives and coaches with championship contenders said they believe the Clippers would become more dangerous with Garnett. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro is a proponent of the deal, too, sources said. The Celtics won’t consider moving Garnett to the Clippers for any other combination of players, and won’t revisit the talks unless Bledsoe and Jordan are in the package, sources said. Boston hasn’t approached Garnett to waive his no-trade clause without an agreement in place, but there’s strong belief he would ultimately agree to it. What’s more, Boston could simply trade Paul Pierce and leave Garnett with even less desire to finish his career with a young, rebuilding roster. [...] If the Celtics trade Garnett before the deadline, they would move Pierce, too, sources said. For the Celtics, the chance to get Bledsoe and Jordan could be a prelude to trying to package Pierce in a possible deal to the Atlanta Hawks for Josh Smith, sources said.”

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  • spit hto fiyah

    if i’m the Celtics, i’m riding the “no one believes in us” train until it crashes. then rebuild this summer if garnett decides to retire

  • DannyAingesBarber

    but it will be much easier to rebuild if they can get young pieces in return for Garnett and Pierce.

  • ErnieD

    Only way they get Josh Smith is to let him walk at season’s end. No way they give him a max deal.

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