The Boston Celtics have put off a rebuild as well as any team in sports over the past few years. Now, with Kevin Garnett teetering on the edge of retirement or one more year, is there any way they can flip him for some younger assets?
As any Celtics fan will admit, Garnett has given the team six gloriously competitive years. Technically, he did just submit another All-Star season, with averages of 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds.
However, he has played in only 83 percent of a possible 476 regular-season games, and he turned 37 last month. The only active player with more games or minutes played at this point is Jason Kidd. Garnett stands at No. 12 in games and No. 7 in minutes.
Garnett is set to make $12.4 million next season and $12 million the year after, only $6 million of which is guaranteed. Of course, he also holds a pesky no-trade clause, which caused the Celtics trouble when trying to make moves at the 2013 trade deadline.
The chances of him waiving that are still slim at this point, but one must figure they are predicated on whether long-time buddy Paul Pierce is still in a green jersey come the fall. If the Celtics exercise a $5 million buyout of Pierce, Garnett is more likely to accept a move.
Assuming all this happens and he allows the Celtics to make a trade, what market is out there this summer?