The Los Angeles Clippers are among the top teams in the Western Conference this season, but they aren't satisfied with their rotation and are reportedly looking for a player to put them over the top.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 1:27 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
Kevin Garnett responded to recent trade rumors and whether he'd welcome a move to another team with the following statement on Tuesday (via CelticsHub.com's Brian Robb):
Well Danny made it very obvious since Day 1 when he brought me and Ray here to be aligned with Paul that he was going to do whatever was best for the organization. He’s made that apparent so I’ve understood that. I bleed green, I die green, that’s what it is, but it is a business though, and when it cross paths, I’ll deal with it. Trades are a part of this league. Every year you are going to hear certain things. If I were ya’ll I wouldn’t read much into it though.
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UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 4, at 11:05 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
ESPNLA.com's Ramona Shelburne reports that there is no trade brewing right now between the Clippers and Celtics surrounding Kevin Garnett.
Im told nothing doing btwn Clips and Celtics re: KG right now. Clips remain open to anything that makes them btr now AND in future.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 4, 2013
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The Clippers are actually in Boston this weekend for Sunday afternoon's matchup with the Celtics.
Garnett, who will turn 37 years old in May, has started all 46 of Boston's games this season and is averaging 14.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game on 50.5 percent shooting from the field.
The veteran power forward has nearly 18 NBA seasons under his belt and has played the last five-and-a-half seasons in Boston. He won the NBA MVP in 2003-04 and was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2007-08.
Which team would benefit most from this potential move?
Caron Butler and Eric Bledsoe are both averaging around nine points per game for the Clippers this season. Bledsoe has given the team a huge boost, as Chris Paul has missed the team's last five games and veteran Chauncey Billups hasn't been able to contribute due to an ankle injury.
Despite Bledsoe and Butler's value to the Clips, acquiring Garnett would give L.A. a huge boost in the frontcourt. His defensive prowess and invaluable playoff experience would provide a huge lift for the Clippers as they begin gearing up for what they hope will be a deep playoff run.
Last year's playoff sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs exposed the Clippers' lack of playoff experience and general toughness. A trade for Garnett would address both of the team's biggest needs.
At 34-14, the Clippers sit comfortably at No. 3 in the Western Conference standings. However, their recent struggles, having dropped five of their last seven games, have them eyeing a change.
Following PG Rajon Rondo's season-ending ACL injury, the Celtics may consider breaking up their team in an effort to get younger, but a fire sale is far from a certainty. Boston is eighth in the East with a 23-23 record. They're 4-6 in their last 10 games.
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. ET.
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