COMMENTARY | Despite all of the rumors, power forward Kevin Garnett is still with the Boston Celtics. There was plenty of speculation that he would be joining Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers, which did not work out. The league has blocked the two teams from swapping players over the next year, making it impossible for Garnett to join the Clippers any time soon.
It would appear that the Celtics are attempting to enter a rebuilding phase, which would most likely require trading Garnett and Paul Pierce. Trading Garnett becomes difficult, as he is one of the few players in the league with a no-trade clause. Given his passion for the game and desire to win another ring before he retires, Garnett will probably take full advantage of his leverage.
Even at 37, Garnett has proven to still be an extremely productive player on both ends of the floor. He could be the last piece to a championship team, which is what the Clippers were hoping.
There are plenty of teams around the league who could use his services. Although it may be an unlikely scenario for several reasons, the Brooklyn Nets would be an ideal fit for Kevin Garnett.
The Nets were a team that clearly lacked any sort of passion for much of last season. They were obviously the more talented and healthier team when they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the hobbled Chicago Bulls. Two of their top players, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, have very calm demeanors. This is not to say that they don't care, but they certainly don't pump up their teammates with their intensity the way Garnett does. There is no way that Garnett would have allowed the Nets to have been so flat against the Bulls. Garnett and Jason Kidd, the new head coach, would have the Nets ready to play each and every night.
Garnett would be the perfect fit in Brooklyn's starting lineup. With a center in Brook Lopez that likes to play around the rim, Garnett's outside shooting would create space for Lopez to operate. Additionally, he would give the Nets a very good pick and roll big man to pair with Williams or Johnson. While Reggie Evans provided value with his rebounding, his offensive shortcomings crowded the paint, making penetration more difficult. Additionally, Garnett's skill away from the hoop would prevent opponents from double teaming Lopez. Offensively, he would make the Nets significantly more dangerous on multiple levels.
Defensively, it's obvious that he would make a huge difference. A pairing of Garnett and Lopez provides a great amount of size and length, and would certainly make penetration more difficult. While Lopez isn't the most nimble defender, Garnett's defensive prowess would allow him to match up with the quicker of the opposing team's big men. His ability to switch on pick and rolls and provide help defense would immediately make the Nets a much better defensive squad.
However, there are obviously a few things preventing this from happening. As previously mentioned, there's a strong possibility that Garnett would not waive his no-trade clause to join the Nets. Many believed that he would have waived it to go to the Clippers, but a huge part of that may have been the desire to continue playing for Doc Rivers. Also, the Nets do not have a player of Chris Paul's caliber.
A potential trade would be hard to construct, as the Nets do not have a ton of assets that would interest the Celtics. Kris Humphries has an expiring deal that could be used to help match salaries, although the Celtics would have to be willing to bite the bullet on his contract for a year. Mirza Teletovic is an intriguing young big man that Boston could be interested in as a potential part of their future core. For a team that is just starting to rebuild, having a group of Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, and Teletovic is a good start.
This is just speculation, but it's certainly an interesting possibility. For plenty of reasons, Kevin Garnett would make a lot of sense for the Brooklyn Nets.
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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