COMMENTARY | Kevin Garnett is one of the few players in the NBA with a no-trade clause in his contract. It is a very rare right around the league, and only a handful of future Hall of Famers have them.
This was a major area of concern when the Boston Celtics were looking to trade him, as teams around the league weren't sure if he would waive his clause to join them. Many believed Garnett would have waived it to join Doc Rivers, but that deal with the Los Angeles Clippers fell apart.
ESPN Boston has reported that Garnett was unsure about whether or not he wanted to leave Boston for Brooklyn. While he might have left to follow Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers, he was less sure about the Nets. When the deal was in the works, Pierce had to call Garnett for quite a lengthy conversation before Garnett was willing to leave Boston.
At this point in his career, Garnett is solely focused on winning another championship. While it was certainly tough for him to leave Boston, Pierce eventually showed him that this was no longer a likely scenario with the Celtics.
Obviously, Garnett truly believes that he can cement his legacy in Brooklyn with a second ring.
On paper, the Brooklyn Nets have an extremely impressive roster. Their starting lineup figures to feature Garnett, Pierce, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez. The team recently also grabbed free agent Andrei Kirilenko, who figures to be a major part of the bench with Jason Terry and Andray Blatche. As we've seen countless times, however, games are not won in the offseason. Just ask the Los Angeles Lakers.
During the welcoming news conference, it was clear that Pierce truly wanted to finish his career in Boston, where it began. As this became less of a reality, he apparently switched gears immediately to convince Garnett to join him in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn fans should be extremely grateful that Pierce was able to convince Garnett, or else this deal may never have happened.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering the Celtics for 3 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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