Kevin Garnett is hurting.
KG has missed the Boston Celtics' last six games with an injured ankle, and Celtics coach Doc Rivers said on Monday that KG was dealing with bone spurs—an injury that often requires offseason surgery (Ray Allen says hello).
Kevin Garnett is tired.
He is putting the finishing touches on his 18th NBA season. He has appeared in 1,455 games, logging 52,552 minutes in his career (both numbers include playoff games).
Every year we don’t know if it’s his last time. Obviously, I hope not and we all hope not, but you never know with Kevin. Every summer he’s deciding if he’s coming back or not. I would hope that it isn’t because you would want him to play his last game here.
Last summer, KG nearly walked away from the NBA but instead decided to come back to the Celtics on a 3 year, $36 million contract. However, as Rivers says, at this time in his career Garnett is on a year-to-year basis, no matter what his contract dictates.
With over $300 million made in his career, KG will walk away when he feels like it—not necessarily when his contract ends.
With that said, what would it mean for the Celtics organization if Garnett retired from the game this summer?
After a six-year run of success, the organization would be at a crossroads; it would finally be time for the Celtics to rebuild, a process that normally takes a half-decade or more in the NBA.
However it wouldn't have to take that long for Boston. Let's take a look at five moves that would expedite the Celtics rebuilding process.