Kevin Garnett: Surgery Set for Next Week

Nick GelsoCorrespondent IMay 19, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 17:  Injured All-Stars Caron Butler and Kevin Garnett of the Eastern Conference are introduced before the start of the 57th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend at the New Orleans Arena on February 17, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) reported today that Kevin Garnett has set a date for surgery next week. Garnett will have surgery for the first time in his career to remove a bone spur in his right knee. 

He had postponed the surgery in hopes that continued rehabilitation on the knee would have allowed him to return to action had the Celtics reached the later rounds of the playoffs.
Danny Ainge and owner, Wyc Grousbeck, said today that Garnett was expected to be back at full strength next season. 
Doc Rivers reported on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show that Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kendrick Perkins all suffered from injuries in the Orlando series.
Pierce may require surgery on bone spurs, while Perkins may require a procedure on his shoulder. Ray Allen suffered from a strained hamstring. reports that surgery may be required by Perkins and Pierce, but nothing has been confirmed.
Doc also indicated that the Celtics need to make some offseason additions. Rivers said, "We need to improve our team. There's no doubt about that. We don't have to make any changes but we do need to make some additions."
Doc also sounded less encouraging regarding Glen Davis saying, "with Baby, it will probably come down to what he can get on the open market." Regarding Marbury Doc he said, "With Steph it will probably come down to what we can get on the open market."
It would be disappointing to see Stephon Marbury leave, but losing Big Baby would be a blow deeper then losing James Posey last summer. 
More details to follow.