UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 16, at 12:41 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine
Kevin Garnett put to rest any rumors that he'll be traded away himself, telling Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears that he wants to retire as a Boston Celtic.
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpearsESPN
"If its up to me I will live and die green," KG said. When reminded its up to him, KG said: "OK then. So what are we talking about it?"2013-2-16 17:33:48
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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Clippers and Celtics are discussing a deal that would involve Garnett going to L.A., with Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan going to Beantown:
"The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have been discussing a deal to trade forward Kevin Garnett for guard Eric Bledsoe and center DeAndre Jordan, league sources told Yahoo! Sports."
As recently as a few weeks ago, trade rumors were swirling around Boston's center possibly going to the Clippers, but since then those rumors died down until Friday.
Per Wojnarowski's report, the biggest snag in this potential deal would be Garnett's no-trade clause. However, Garnett does have a home in California, which should only help the chances of him accepting a deal.
That being said, after recently saying he bleeds and will die green, he certainly could block a trade.
This trade would make sense for both sides.
The Celtics are an aging group of players with little left for the future. They are sitting with the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 28-24 record and just lost their star point guard Rajon Rondo for the season.
Adding two young pieces in Jordan and Bledsoe would be a step in the right direction if this organization wishes to get younger and rebuild in a hurry.
On the flip side, the Clippers have championship aspirations, and a great defensive big man—like Garnett—who can also score would be a great addition at center next to Blake Griffin.
There's no question KG is the type of player who can put L.A. over the top.