Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge has spoken at length with Kevin Garnett regarding his options with the team and around the league. However, the Big Ticket is still unsure of what the future holds for him and isn’t likely to make a choice anytime soon.
According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, Ainge said of Garnett, "I think we'll talk within the next week, but I'm not so sure that's a decision day for him.”
KG is going to have no shortage of suitors around the league after everyone saw him will the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals and engage in an epic seven-game battle against the Miami Heat.
Let’s take a look at some potential scenarios that Garnett will certainly be mulling over with some input from Ainge via Forsberg’s interview.
Sign with New Team
It’s hard to imagine Garnett in a new uniform after he spent the past five years in Celtics green and the first 12 years of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but that just may happen.
KG is going to be a hot commodity this summer, especially considering the limited crop of talent available in free agency. A number of veteran teams feel that they are a big man or a leader away from contending for a championship, and that is exactly what KG brings to the table.
If KG decides to hang around for another NBA season, he’ll certainly be inundated with offers from many different franchises.
Ainge's take on Garnett playing for another team:
I don't think that's what he wants to do, but it is a possibility, sure. I didn't get that feeling, but he definitely has that option. Who knows what happens over the course of time?
Garnett hasn’t exactly fallen off (he averaged 15.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and a block per game in 2011-12), but he’s definitely starting to deteriorate physically.
He’s racked up 50,600 minutes (including playoffs) since his rookie season way back in 1995-96 and has been the most intense player on the floor for almost every one of them.
It’s definitely starting to catch up with the veteran, and he may just decide to hang it up rather than go through another grueling season.
KG has said over and over again, he doesn't want to go out not being a significant player. He doesn't want to be eaten alive by new young players. And you can see his will. But, at the same time, I don't think people realize how hard it is for him to get ready to play. It's really draining for guys that age, to just prepare to play—two or three hours worth of treatment, stretching.
Re-Sign with Boston
The Celtics have an obvious need to rebuild with their core group of stars (minus Rajon Rondo) now reaching an age where they can no longer contribute in the same manner that they used to.
However, with such a weak pool of players to choose from this summer, Ainge may be best suited to re-sign KG, Ray Allen and some bench depth in order to make one more run at a title in the “Big Three” era.
It seems that the organization is in line with this thinking and has every intention to bring Garnett back if the parameters are reasonable.
I hope that he wants to come back. That's sort of been the indication that, if he's going to play, that he would like to come back to Boston. That's where we are right now. (Garnett) doesn't want to (hinder Boston's offseason plan). He's not looking to do that. Kevin is a team guy. The last thing he wants to do is put us in a tough position. Hopefully he wants to come back.
It’s unlikely that Kevin Garnett decides to play anywhere else but Boston, especially since the team has been so accommodating to him and is willing to work with the Big Ticket to get a deal done this summer.
The decision will come down to whether or not KG wants to continue to play professional basketball in the NBA. He’s earned a championship, put up some gaudy numbers and is undoubtedly a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.
Garnett is not one to rest on his laurels and the 17-year veteran is always attempting to prove something to his doubters, so it would not be a surprise to see him sign for at least one more season.