NBA Free Agents 2012: Why Kevin Garnett Should Continue Playing

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IJune 12, 2012

Kevin Garnett.
Kevin Garnett.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

After the Boston Celtics lost to the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday night, changes are expected in Boston, with both Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen becoming free-agents.

Garnett may be 36 years old and fresh off his 17th NBA season, but he may not halt his NBA career just yet. Rather, Garnett may take some time to think things through and play one or two more seasons in order to go out on more satisfactory terms.

There are only a handful of players in the NBA who have had long careers (Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan) while still making an impact despite the youth movement that has taken over the league recently.

Garnett’s promise started when he was drafted directly out of high school as a skinny teenager by Minnesota (he averaged 10.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in his rookie year), where he spent the first 12 years of his NBA career before getting a chance to win a championship in 2008 during his first year with the Boston Celtics.

There was a report out that the San Antonio Spurs would be one team that would be interested in adding a player like Garnett to their roster to pair alongside veteran Tim Duncan. It is intriguing to have two of the game's talented veteran big men playing side-by-side. Garnett would be a great addition to a team like the San Antonio Spurs, who have a good balance of talented veterans in their own Big Three (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili), as well as young role players who play good defense and knock down shots when needed.

However, only time will tell if Garnett decides to continue his NBA career.