Most NBA rumors over the last couple of months have concerned a certain power forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Well, 7 years ago today the Wolves sent another elite power forward to the Boston Celtics. That power forward would go on to lead one of the most impressive turnaround in the history of sports, which resulted in the Celtics winning the ’07-’08 total. If you haven’t guessed by now, that power forward was Kevin Garnett.
The Celtics sent the Wolves a major package that was made up of Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, and two 2009 first-rounders (were used on Wayne Ellington and Jonny Flynn). Seeing as Big Al now plays in Charlotte, and how Gerald Green (in Phoenix) is the only other one of those guys to do anything with his career post-trade, it’s safe to say the Wolves got ripped off.
It’s easy to say those things in hindsight but at the time it appeared as the Wolves got a nice package for their aging superstar. Kevin Love is just 25 (Garnett was 31 when he was traded) and he’s not quite the dominant all-around player Garnett was on ’07, but the KG deal still serves as a decent parameter for what a potential Love deal would look like.
It should be noted that at the time Jefferson was thought of as one of the best young bigs in the game (certainly had much more value than Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk). The Celtics also had to throw in 4 more players and 2 first rounders.
Garnett won a championship as a Celtic, made 5 All-Star games in 6 years, 3 first-team All-Defense, and finished 3rd in MVP voting for ’07-’08. His averages in a Celtic uniform were 15.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg, and 1.0 bpg and 52% FG shooting with a PER of 21.1.