NBA Trade Rumors: Kevin Garnett Trade to Los Angeles Clippers in the Works

Andy HuSenior Writer IIFebruary 3, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 25:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics reacts on the bench in the final seconds of their 123-111 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the second overtime at Philips Arena on January 25, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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We're driving to the finish line, as the trade deadline is two-and-a-half weeks away.

We've heard plenty of trade rumors surrounding the likes of Josh Smith (via Alex Kennedy of USA Today) or Pau Gasol, but it seems that Kevin Garnett is the most recent name among the trade talks.

It's even more surprising that one of these teams making a run for Garnett is the Los Angeles Clippers—one of the top three teams in the Western Conference.

Yes, the Clippers have been struggling, going 4-6 over their last ten games, but does that warrant a blockbuster trade that could potentially risk their chances at competing for a championship?

This is the best Clippers team that we've seen in years, maybe even decades, so why ruin the chemistry and depth of the team right now?

According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, multiple sources say that the Clippers are "making a push" to acquire Garnett.

Furthermore, the two primary candidates offered to the Boston Celtics are veteran Caron Butler and athletic super-sub Eric Bledsoe. 

The interesting thing is that Garnett has a no-trade clause in his contract. He can basically veto any trade that management tries to pull on him, but it probably wouldn't be a good public relations move.

By obtaining Bledsoe, the Celtics would probably be moving on from their current All-Star point guard, Rajon Rondo, which is hard to believe considering that he's only 26 years old.

Bledsoe could probably be relegated to a bench role once Rondo returns, but he has stated that he wanted to start (via Chris Broussard of ESPN Insider) for a team in the future.

On the other hand, Danny Ainge would probably have a long discussion with ownership about the direction that this Celtics team is heading toward if they want to even think about shipping out Garnett.

If the trade is the best for the team's future, would Garnett comply so that they can let him loose? Or will he feel betrayed by the organization?

Either way, there's no denying that these two teams are trying to hit it big before the playoffs arrive. The Celtics have been the front-runners in trade rumors since Rondo went down with a season-ending ACL injury, so nobody would be surprised to see them shake up their roster.