2007 was something big for the Boston Celtics, after a dismal showing on the 2006 season. They came out the champions in that year. Danny Ainge knew they had to sacrifice a lot of things to get them back to championship form. Giving away draft picks, trading younger and promising players and overpaying aging veterans. This is how it takes to win a championship, and Ainge knew pretty well the clock is ticking. Sooner or later this veteran team will somehow show it’s age and form. They will be a step slower, and their legs will slowly give up. Someday, somehow a rebuilding will happen. This is a steep price to pay for a championship ring, but it was all worth it.
The Los Angeles Clippers are gearing towards a trade-in deal with Kevin Garnett for the flashy point guard Eric Bledsoe and high-flying center in Andre Jordan. Giving up two athletic and scoring players for a 36-year-old veteran always give you a scratch on the head.
Kevin can still defend, and his perimeter shooting is still at its best. The Clippers knew that signing Garnett doesn’t necessarily give them an edge towards a championship. But somehow it might be worth the risk.
Kevin recently signed in the off season with the Celtics for a three-year $36 million extension with a no-trade clause. And that seems to be the biggest hurdle why this trade never materialized.
We all have to remember that Kevin stayed with the Minnesota Timber wolves for twelve years and single-handedly brought his team to the playoffs but never got to win the Western conference finals. He was the ever loyal soldier who never backs out and continuously pushes himself, even if he is outnumbered.
Garnett has a chance again to win a championship with the Clippers. He would also give the Celtics a new leash in life with Jordan and Bledsoe.
Danny Ainge would love the Clippers deal, but Kevin will always say no. “If it’s up to me,” Garnett said, “I will live and die green all day” (Yahoo sports).
Someday, somehow a rebuilding will happen… but not now.