Since Rajon Rondo went down with a season-ending ACL tear Boston fans and media have been talking non-stop about the possibility of trading veteran superstars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to “blow up” the team for the future.
Talks heated up yesterday when Sean Deveney from Sporting News tweeted out that the Los Angeles Clippers (who the Celtics happened to be playing at the same exact moment) were interested in Kevin Garnett.
The trade would make the Clippers an immediate low-post threat (even more so than they are now as they already feature Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan) and would probably put the team in title contention.
For the Celtics, that might not be the best of ideas. To lose Kevin Garnett would be the fatal blow to everything Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers have worked on since acquiring Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in the 2007-2008 season.
Kevin Garnett is not simply the Celtics’ starting center. He represents the entire defensive mentality of this group. The Big Ticket quite literally started a defensive revolution in the TD Garden and is the centerpiece of this team’s identity. One doesn’t have to look far to prove this, just look at his plus/minus stats. He is the third-leading Boston Celtic in that category, playing more than 100 minutes more than the leader Jason Terry.
Kevin Garnett is also the go-to guy for literally any player in the locker room. Paul Pierce adores playing next to KG. Rondo will quite literally fight anyone who roughs Garnett up. Rookie Jared Sullinger, who will also miss the entire season due to surgery, has praised Garnett time and time again.
Sullinger praised KG for mentorship; also credited his ass. "My mama blessed me with a beautiful backside."— Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) January 22, 2013
To get rid of Garnett would cause an immediate hole on the Celtics’ defense, but the tear on the locker room would be even greater.
Kevin Garnett is a seasoned veteran who quite literally doesn’t need to play basketball anymore. He has the ring he longed for, he is already a first-ballot Hall of Famer and considered by many to be one of the top 20 best NBA players of all-time. He has been on the record saying that he only plays to fulfill his competitive spirit, but that he wouldn’t play for any other coach than Doc Rivers. The Boston Celtics would be literally cruel to deny Kevin Garnett that one last pleasure before his imminent retirement in a few years.