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Kevin Garnett is that "special someone" we were previously referring to.
Talks between the Celtics and Clippers haven't exactly progressed, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, but Stein and Shelburne report that such an acquisition is not out of the question for Los Angeles.
Even at 37, Garnett's value to the Clippers is apparent. He's an inside-out big man who can slide seamlessly into the 5 next to Blake Griffin or another certain special someone to follow.
Paul also urged Los Angeles to make a play for Garnett at the trade deadline to no avail. The Clippers won't make any moves without Paul's consent, so you have to believe Garnett's presence not only aids in retaining the point man, but also guarantees he won't be going anywhere.
The problem of course is the trade itself. Boston refuses to pull the trigger without receiving Bledsoe, whom the Clippers don't want to move in exchange for an aging forward.
No stranger to concocting trade scenarios most would consider to be ludicrous, Grantland's Bill Simmons had an interesting idea that had the Celtics snagging Jordan, Butler and Willie Green and a first-round pick in exchange for Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and Garnett, and Doc Rivers of course.
Los Angeles would have to be willing to foot the bill for the duration of Terry and Lee's contracts, but it gets to keep Bledsoe and use him as part of a bigger deal. Lee would give the Clippers a more expensive version of Matt Barnes, and Jason Terry could work nicely in a Chauncey Billups-type role either off the bench or in the starting lineup.
Boston then saves a pile of money, since Green makes a fraction of what Lee does and Butler's contract comes off the books after next season.
Investing so much in a 37-year-old Garnett may seem like overkill, but I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'd take the last two years of Garnett's career over the next two of DeAndre's without batting an eye.
Seeking to become a more legitimate contender, I'm inclined to believe the Clippers would agree.