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The Boston Celtics have won four straight, including their last game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday afternoon. During the game, rumor started circulating that the Clippers are looking to trade for Kevin Garnett of the Celtics. The deal being discussed would send Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Celtics for the 36-year-old, Garnett, reports WEEI.
Garnett would have to waive the no-trade clause in the contract he signed over the summer in order for a deal to go through.
Bledsoe and Butler are both averaging over nine points per game this season and are signed passed the 2012-13 season. Bledsoe is a great asset in the backcourt and he can play both guard positions. Bledsoe is only owed a max of $3.75 million before he becomes a restricted free-agent in 2015. Butler is signed through next season and his contract pays about $8 million per season.
This deal would be great for the Celtics’ future, but are the fans and management ready to usher in the ‘future’?.
Garnett has been playing great since Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger went down and is still the most intense defensive player in the NBA. He may only be averaging one block per game, but most players going against him fear his defensive prowess. His 14.8 points and 7.3 total rebound numbers are his lowest since his injury plagued 2009-10 season. Doc Rivers is playing Garnett just over 30 minutes per game to keep him fresh as the Celtics approach the playoffs.
A trade involving Garnett would likely signal an end to the 2012-13 and an acknowledgement from management that the Celtics are in re-building mode. With Garnett still in tow, the Celtics may still believe that they can make a postseason run and face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals again.
Trading Garnett to the Clippers would be the deal to make if the Celtics start to falter as they approach the February 21 trade deadline. If that happens, then expect to see the Celtics fail to make the postseason for the first time since the “Big Three” era began in 2007.