The Los Angeles Clippers contacted the Boston Celtics inquiring about Kevin Garnett’s availability according to The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney. He tweeted that the offer would include Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler as well.
This is an intriguing offer to say the least. There are a lot of NBA GMs that are very high on Eric Bledsoe. I wouldn’t be surprised if Danny Ainge was one of them. With Rondo out for the season, Ainge has some incentive to make this deal happen.
It could work one of two ways for the C’s if it happens. Eric Bledsoe would show tons of potential and may have what it takes to be one of the best point guards in the NBA someday. Then Ainge could flip Rondo when he returns to health next season and get whatever he could for him.
If Bledsoe doesn’t pan out, the Celtics would still have a good prospect who’s young and has showcased some talent in the past. GMs wouldn’t hesitate to jump on the opportunity to fill their team’s point guard position with that kind of talent–even if it didn’t work out in Boston hypothetically speaking.
It would take a lot for this deal to happen, obviously. Boston would be looking for some type of pick back in the process–either a future first rounder or likely a second rounder this season. Kevin Garnett is still one of the best defenders in the league even with his old age. He wouldn’t likely stay long, but it would definitely propel the Clippers to another defensive level.
It would be hard for this trade to become anything because of Kevin Garnett’s no trade clause. He would have to want to play for the Clippers before anything happens here. Also, this would mean that Ainge is finally ready to give up on this era. Paul Pierce would be out of the door shortly after Garnett.
I don’t think its likely that the trade happens, but its definitely an interesting one to keep our eyes on. And the thought of possibly having a defensive backcourt of Avery Bradley and Eric Bledsoe is something that the world deserves.