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Their pasts intertwine, dating to 1995 when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were part of the same high school class and played ball during summers in the same basketball camps.
And now, their futures are entwined as well.
To remove one is to likely remove them both from Boston.
If Pierce leaves the Celtics this offseason, Garnett likely will do the same; he acknowledged as much Friday night, after the Celtics’ season ended with a loss to the Knicks.
“Well one of the big reasons I came here was because of Paul,” said Garnett, who joined the Celtics in 2007, joining Pierce and Ray Allen – the Big Three.
“Obviously you want to be in a situation where it’s better.”