As reported by the Boston Globe, Garnett re-signed with the C’s for three more seasons. The club is getting an appreciable discount, with Garnett’s $21 million salary from last year being cut nearly in half in the new deal.
The arrangement will pay off for both parties, as Garnett—for all that he’s no longer the perennial All-Star of his youth—has found a comfort zone as both a leader and a solid complementary player in Boston.
After a couple of years of dropping after he left Minnesota, Garnett’s stats have leveled off at some perfectly respectable numbers: 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last season, even at age 35.
For Garnett’s part, he can keep playing and contributing with a perfectly competitive team around him.
Boston battled its way to a No. 4 seed in the East this year, and even with age catching up to the roster, three more years of playoff-caliber ball isn’t unreasonable to project for this team.
At worst, Garnett can help the team stay in the postseason hunt, even if he’s no longer equipped to lead them to a title. Just as important from Boston’s perspective, he’ll be an outstanding mentor to the two promising big men the Celtics just landed in the draft: Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo.
The soon-to-be rookies are near opposites, with Sullinger a polished but ground-bound offensive force and Melo an athletic shot-blocker. Garnett has both offensive and defensive skills in abundance, so he’ll be able to help hone the strengths and shore up the weaknesses of the newcomers.
Garnett can’t do much to help the team re-sign Ray Allen, which is the biggest concern on the table right now. Once the Celtics get back to the game on the court, though, they’ll be glad to have Garnett in the lineup instead of watching from the seats.