NBA Trade Rumors: Kevin Garnett Should Accept Trade to the Los Angeles Clippers
According to Victor Barbosa of Green Street, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! approached Dennis and Callahan to discuss the trade rumors between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics.
Marc Spears sat down and explained why the Clippers, who probably have their best team in franchise history, are so eager to make a run at Celtics center Kevin Garnett.
With Thursday's trade deadline fast approaching, rumors continue to swirl that the Celtics and Clippers are discussing a deal that would send Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles for DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe.
"I think the Clippers want it done more so than Boston," Spears said. "This is the first time we've ever talked about the Clippers having a championship shot. I think they realize that they're missing just a little something to get them over that hump with Oklahoma City and with San Antonio. And who better to get them there than Kevin Garnett?
This obviously isn't the first time we've heard Garnett in trade rumors with the Clippers. Earlier this month, Sean Deveney of Sporting News reported that the Clippers offered Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Celtics for the Big Ticket.
A few days ago, Garnett doggedly stated that he didn't want to go anywhere (per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports).
However, maybe it's in the best interest for both parties to accept the deal. The Celtics went on a tear prior to the All-Star break, but they aren't able to compete for a championship this year, especially with their superstar point guard out of the lineup for the rest of the season.
If Garnett waives his no-trade clause and this trade goes through, then it would allow him to realistically compete for one last title before his contract expires in the 2015 offseason. Loyalty from players is a rarity in the NBA today, and I definitely commend Garnett to wanting to stay in Boston, but the league is still a business.
If the Celtics management sits down with Garnett and tries to convince him to allow the trade to happen, he might realize that the team wants to head in a different direction without him. If Garnett wants what's best for the Celtics organization as well, he would accept his own trade and waive his no-trade clause.
Bledsoe and Jordan are two young players who don't have a big role on a deep, loaded Clippers team, but they are highly valuable in the open market because of their play this season. The addition of Bledsoe and Jordan to the Celtics will energize this team, and they could probably contend in the playoffs much better than if they remained with Garnett.
If Garnett goes to the Clippers, he would slip right into the 5 spot since Jordan is gone. Garnett's probably not as athletic anymore, but his intelligent positioning on defense, interior toughness and mid-range game is a vast improvement over Jordan.
The loss of Bledsoe wouldn't hurt the Clippers that much either, since they already possess the best point guard in the league and great depth at the guard positions.
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