A few days ago, Kevin Garnett said that he wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause for any team. And the sentiment is getting stronger around the league, according to ESPN‘s Marc Stein. As mentioned, Garnett is loyal to a fault. Even the Celtics want him to for the long-term health of the franchise.
Here are some nuggets from Stein (with some help from ESPN’s Chris Broussard):
Broussard reported late Monday night on “SportsCenter” that (Chauncey) Billups has already warned the Clippers that Garnett’s position appears to be firm … and that Garnett spelled out the exact same thing to Chris Paul last summer when Paul informed KG that the Clippers wanted to pursue him via trade.
If Chauncey Billups, who played together with Garnett at Minnesota and is a close friend of his, says that Garnett is standing his ground, that could be good enough for the Clippers to stay away from him. And if Garnett told Chris Paul the same thing, one of the more respected players in the league, that just adds to the fact that Garnett is going to stay in Boston beyond Thursday’s trade deadline.
Plus do the Clippers really want to give up young talent for 36-year-old Kevin Garnett? Here’s Stein again:
The Clippers, according one source close to the situation, would not be willing to surrender both Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan to Boston even if Garnett was willing to waive his no-trade clause.
Is that posturing? An absolute stance?
The Clipper front office has done really well in their moves as of late (former Clippers and current Blazers executive Neil Olshey finished third in the Executive of the Year voting last season) so I’m sure they may be thinking that giving up a couple of players in their early 20s that have potential may be too much for a player who may play a season or two after this one. They have their future to think about although getting Garnett over to the Clippers could be the final piece of a championship puzzle.
The trading deadline is two days away.