The Brooklyn Nets will be looking for big names to fill their roster as they enter a new market for the upcoming season.
According to Colin Stephenson of The New Jersey Star-Ledger, the Nets will be looking to acquire Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. This move may be puzzling to some people since a rebuilding team such as the Nets would usually target younger players to build around.
However, in the case of Garnett, he would be a great acquisition for a team in a new market. The Brooklyn fans want to have a star in their first years that they can identify with. Point guard Deron Williams will most likely not return to the Nets, and the team will lack star power.
Garnett is 35 years old and will be 36 at the start of next season. If you watch Garnett play, it is very noticeable that he has a lot of energy left in him. His minutes played have stayed the same throughout his time with Boston, and his production has not decreased. This season may have been his best year yet, as he—along with Rajon Rondo—generated a second-half-of-the-season comeback to take the Atlantic Division.
Garnett easily has another three good years left in him, and if Brooklyn signs him, it will show that they are trying to get the best players now and win right away. This kind of attitude will attract other players who can see from the outside that the organization has a goal of winning.
Other things that Garnett provides include leadership and the ability to help out some of the younger players on the Nets roster. Backup center for the Celtics Greg Stiemsma said this about Garnett:
"A guy at his level doesn't have to be a teacher if he doesn't want to be," Stiemsma said. "He has his own thing to do, but he sincerely wants to see guys do well, and he wants you to succeed."
That is hard to find from a player of Garnett's caliber. Older players who are great sometimes don't want to be known as the teacher. It might make them seem like they are on the way out or teaching a young player what to do to take his spot. Garnett doesn't think that way; he does what's best for the team. As you can see here in an interview with ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg:
“Preference-wise, I don’t like it, to be honest with you," said Garnett. "I’m a 4. I don’t like, you know—it's what it is. I’ll be whatever this team needs me to be. Other than a cheerleader with pom-poms and some short-shorts. Other than that, whatever this team needs me to be, man, I’ll be it.
At the end of the day, Garnett is a team player. He will do what he doesn't want to do if it means it makes the team better. That is a good person to have on any team. That kind of attitude will sink into the other players in the locker room and teach them what it means to win.
So yes, Kevin Garnett is getting up there in years and has lots of mileage on his legs. But just remember that he still has what it takes to be a great player in this league, and he can help start something great in Brooklyn.