When you think about a player with unlimited intensity, a player who puts his heart and soul into his profession night after night, you should think of Kevin Garnett. The thought of Danny Ainge even considering trading the Big Ticket is simply idiotic. First of all, Garnett’s contract is protected by a no-trade clause, which basically means, any trades on his behalf will have to go through him first. I can’t fathom a Boston Celtics team without Garnett, maybe without Rondo, but thats a different topic for another day.
Garnett has considered retirement throughout the last two seasons, thus, a trade would be pointless unless he lands with a championship contender, while the L.A Clippers have been mentioned as his destination team in rumor mill, several credible sources have denied reports that the Celtics and Clippers are in any negotiations. It’s all talk – if you think Boston fans were pissed when the Celtics traded Kendrick Perkins, can you imagine what would happen if the organization decided to part ways with, arguably, one of the most important players on their team since Larry Bird. What would be the reaction in Boston if Garnett is traded? Well, I definitely foresee a major decline in game attendance and quite possibly a small fan riot or two.
True, Garnett is far from the player he was three years ago, he remains one of the toughest one-on-one covers in the league and still among the elite defenders in the NBA. Talk about assets versus liabilities, name one team in the NBA who wouldn’t take Kevin Garnett right now, besides the Miami Heat because we all know how he hates several Heat players with a burning passion. Hate is good for the NBA, it makes for a more competitive game, Garnett is the last of a dieing breed of NBA players who play by old school rules and bully basketball where toughness wins and only the strong survives. Most of you will never understand the type of player Kevin Garnett is nor will you understand that talent is only a small percentage of what it takes to maintain the longevity Kevin Garnett has sustained in a league that will eat you up and spit you out like Stephon Marbury and Allen Iverson.
If Garnett leaves Boston you better believe Paul Pierce is coming with. There will be no D-league for Kevin Garnett, only the last hoorah for a decorated player who leaped straight from high school into a game where he has been the ‘Big Ticket’, for more than 17 years, and while his career numbers are the lowest since 2009-2010, the last time I checked he was named to the NBA Eastern Conference All-star team.
So I ask the question……….
Should the Boston Celtics trade Kevin Garnett?
- No (61%, 22 Votes)
- Yes (39%, 14 Votes)
Total Voters: 36