According to two reports this morning, the Celtics and Timberwolves are once again talking about a trade that would send Kevin Garnett to Boston.
Both ESPN.com and Foxsports.com are reporting that the current deal under consideration has Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff (and his large expiring contract), and more (Rajon Rondo, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, and draft picks have also been mentioned as possibilities in the reports) heading to Minnesota in exchange for the 31-year-old Garnett.
Three unidentified sources told Foxsports.com’s Jeff Goodman that the deal is very close and could be official within 48 hours.
“It’s basically done,” one unidentified source told Foxsports.com.
Multiple unidentified NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that former teammates and current general managers Kevin McHale and Danny Ainge are in serious talks about the deal.
One potential hangup is whether Garnett is willing to come to Boston, which is one reason talks derailed when the C’s and T-Wolves attempted to strike a deal before the NBA Draft last month. Garnett can opt out of his contract after next season, and would likely have done that had Boston traded for him.
Garnett’s agent, Andy Miller, told the Globe last month that Garnett “is not coming to Boston.”
Will Garnett have a change of heart now that other trade possibilities have fizzled and the Celtics have acquired Ray Allen? That remains to be seen, but unidentified sources indicated to ESPN.com that as of late last night, Garnett was warming to the idea.
One other consideration: Garnett is slated to earn $23 million next season, and has a $6.75 million trade kicker the Celtics would need to account for in the deal (which might mean more players included in the deal).
Garnett — whose preferred trade destination is reportedly Phoenix — averaged 22.4 points and 12.8 rebounds per game last season. The 22-year-old Jefferson, whom McHale reportedly covets, is coming off a breakout season in which he averaged 16 points and 11 boards per contest. Jefferson, entering his fourth season, could be in line for a contract extension soon.
What do you think of this rumored possibility? Does a starting three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett make the high price worth it? Or do you think the C’s would be mortgaging their future if they pull the trigger? Let us know by posting on this discussion thread, or voting in our survey.