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During this year's postseason, Kevin Garnett played like he was age 26—not 36.
The 16-year pro averaged 19.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per playoff game, proving he was capable of transitioning to the center position.
When KG was subbed out of games, Boston struggled to replace his energy on both offense and defense. His wily veteran charisma and crafty post moves are hard to come by. And because of that, Garnett is a top free agent target.
HoopsHype.com's data indicates that Garnett earned $21.2 million last season. Will he ever earn that type of money again? No, well not on the C's at least.
The Big Ticket will receive his share of enticing offers this offseason, and one of those will likely be from the Celtics.
"By all indications, the Celts have made it clear they want Garnett to return for at least the 2012-13 season, and there is strong evidence from those involved that he is more than willing to discuss that possibility," reports the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett.
Garnett's relationship with head coach Doc Rivers is a strong one. However, the soon-to-be Hall of Fame big man will need more than a great coach to spark a return to Boston. He has to sense that the Celtics are still contenders, according to Bulpett.
Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune reports that NBA coach and ex-Celtics adviser Flip Saunders is confident that Garnett will re-sign with Boston. Hartman writes:
Saunders is positive Garnett, who is a free agent, will sign for another year with the Celtics, who have some rebuilding to do.
If No. 5 suits up for the Celtics next year, the team would regain a general on the parquet floor, and a mentor to groom youngsters like JaJuan Johnson.
Although Garnett's decision won't happen over night, Boston needs their age-defying star in order to win basketball games. That will only occur if he can agree to a realistic salary that bodes well for the team.