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NBA Market Watch: KG to Boston
by: Eric Weiss - Sports Aptitude
July 30, 2007
Multiple sources close to the situation told DraftExpress Sunday that the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves have come to terms on a trade exchanging Kevin Garnett for a package including Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, and Theo Ratliff. The exact details of the trade aren’t known at this point, but it is believed that the deal will be completed shortly with similar parameters.

This deal has been rumored for most of the summer, but according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation, the main hold up had been the negotiation of a contract extension for Garnett. According to this source, Garnett’s camp is asking for a 5 year extension worth 125 million dollars. Whether or not the two parties have altered the initial proposal or agreed to it is not known, but apparently some accord has been reached. Garnett has an opt-clause in his contract for next season that he has essentially been using as leverage to get traded and secure his financial future with the team that acquires his services.

It had been widely assumed that the initial deal between the clubs had fallen through when Garnett’s agent publicized that his client was not interested in going to Boston. But circumstances seem to have progressed since that stage, to the point where one prominent player on the Celtics responded to inquiry by stating the team was “winning the Eastern Conference” next season, after having learned of Garnett’s imminent arrival.

This move signifies a major power shift in the Eastern Conference. Garnett joins veterans Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to form arguably the best trio in the NBA. The team now has three potential Hall of Fame players in their prime to contend in a conference that is wide open. Each player is over 30 years of age, but should remain effective for the life of their deals.

Executive Director of Basketball Operations chief Danny Ainge has mortgaged a sizable portion of the team’s long-term future to secure a title contending team however. Jefferson was recently selected by USA Basketball as one of the rising stars in the league and is only 22 years of age. The team will have to rely on their faith in the All Star veterans’ abilities to maintain a high level of performance deep into their 30’s. If KG, Pierce, and Allen can duplicate the career longevity of Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, and Reggie Miller for example, the Celtics will have a larger window to work with.

Ainge has been highly scrutinized for his apparent lack of organizational direction these past few years, but his patience looks to have paid off. His commitment to acquiring young assets and parlaying them into more established stars has come to fruition. The team is scheduled to hold training camp overseas this season, so the timing was flawless for a move that is sure to re-invigorate the sizable international fan base. The team is sure to enjoy a sizable increase in national media attention as well. The team didn’t have a single network game scheduled last season. That should change this year.
 
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Kevin Garnett
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 217 lbs.
Birthday: 05/19/1976
38 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Farragut Academy
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #5 in 1995 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
6.5 Pts, 6.6 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Al Jefferson
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 263 lbs.
Birthday: 01/04/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Prentiss
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #15 in 2004 Draft
by the Celtics
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
9.0 Pts, 8.0 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Gerald Green
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 192 lbs.
Birthday: 01/26/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Gulf Shores Academy
Previous Team: Gulf Shores Academy , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #18 in 2005 Draft
by the Celtics
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
15.8 Pts, 3.3 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Sebastian Telfair
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birthday: 06/09/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Lincoln
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #13 in 2004 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: PG,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
25.9 Pts, 4.5 Rebs, 5.9 Asts


Theo Ratliff
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 214 lbs.
Birthday: 04/17/1973
41 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Demopolis
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #18 in 1995 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
0.2 Pts, 1.3 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Paul Pierce
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 229 lbs.
Birthday: 10/13/1977
36 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Inglewood
Previous Team: Kansas , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #10 in 1998 Draft
by the Celtics
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
13.5 Pts, 4.6 Rebs, 2.4 Asts


Ray Allen
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 198 lbs.
Birthday: 07/20/1975
39 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hilcrest
Previous Team: Connecticut , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #5 in 1996 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: SG,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
9.6 Pts, 2.8 Rebs, 2.0 Asts


Danny Ainge
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birthday: 03/17/1959
55 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Eugene North
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #8 in 1981 Draft
by the Celtics
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: G,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
7.7 Pts, 1.5 Rebs, 2.8 Asts


Karl Malone
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 250 lbs.
Birthday: 07/24/1963
51 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Summerfield
Previous Team: Louisiana Tech , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #13 in 1985 Draft
by the Jazz
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: F,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
13.2 Pts, 8.7 Rebs, 3.9 Asts


Scottie Pippen
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birthday: 09/25/1965
48 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hamburg
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #5 in 1987 Draft
by the Supersonics
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: F,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
5.9 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 2.2 Asts


Reggie Miller
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birthday: 08/24/1965
49 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Riverside Polytechnic
Previous Team: UCLA , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #11 in 1987 Draft
by the Pacers
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: G,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
14.8 Pts, 2.4 Rebs, 2.2 Asts


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