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The Celtics would love to keep Garnett around to provide guidance to young players such as Avery Bradley.
Kevin Garnett knows a thing or two about being labeled as "the guy that can't win the big one."
For more than 12 seasons Garnett was the centerpiece of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He made All-Star teams, won an MVP award, got to the postseason and never once sniffed the NBA Finals.
Then, in the summer of 2007, he was dealt to the Boston Celtics, and by the time the summer of 2008 had rolled around, he was a champion.
The Celtics won the 2008 NBA Finals, and Kevin Garnett's leadership and defensive skills played a pivotal role in earning the victory.
Now his run in Boston may be coming to an end. Garnett is in the final season of a contract, which paid him more than $21 million in 2011-2012. There is almost no chance that Boston will re-sign him at that rate. In fact, if Garnett is looking for contract in the three-year, $18 million a season range, then he's probably going to leave Boston.
The teams that can afford to pay him that type of money might not be teams with one of the league's best scoring small forwards in Paul Pierce or a passing expert like Rajon Rondo.
In other words, he will have to go to an inferior team. If Garnett wants to stay in Boston or latch onto another one of the league's elite teams, he's probably not going to be signing with the team that offers him the most money this summer.
He's almost certain to take a pay cut no matter where he ends up, but the size of that cut versus the quality of the team he ends up with may very well be two totally different things.