They'd be sacrificing every non-Pierce trading asset for superior defense at the 4-spot and a slight points/rebounding upgrade. They'd also be losing the league's best young low-post scorer (Jefferson) for a mercurial clubhouse guy who peaked three years ago and hasn't made the playoffs since.
But the very best analysis comes from the Chicago Sun Times. It appears that the Bulls are smarter than the Celtics when it comes to dealing for KG.
Garnett's value on the trade market has dropped considerably because he has the right to opt out of his contract after next season and become a free agent. No smart GM is going to pay a premium for a player he may lose for nothing in a year.
I consider giving up one of the best young PF's in the league plus the 5th pick in a very deep draft is a premium price. The Sun Journal also feels that this trade would be a mistake.
The Boston Celtics are about to make a bad situation worse, I fear. They are about to trade their future, uncertain as it might be, for a two- or three-year window of respectability
. If Danny does this deal, I have lost all respect for him. That's ok because when this backfires and we are back at square 1 while Minnesota is challenging for the title, he will be gone and his binky, Doc Rivers with him. I can only hope that with Kevin McHale denying that he is shopping KG, these trade rumors are just that and possibly a smoke screen to raise the value of the 5th pick.
In happier news, Tony Allen is ahead of schedule in his rehab and looks to be ready for the start of training camp. Danny also mentions that Sun Yue is a possibility for the 32nd pick.
The Times Picayune discusses the "Gator Boys" and how they could make history again. I wouldn't mind having any of the 3 in Boston. I just hope Danny doesn't do something stupid and give the pick away. The Football Expert discuss the NBA draft and it seems to them that everyone is perfect for Boston.
Old friend Kenny Anderson is coaching the Atlanta Krunk of the CBA. In the meantime, Chauncey Billups is winning championships in Detroit. This is an object lesson on why we should not trade Big Al and #5 for Garnett.
7 days until the draft. One very long week. The more I hear Garnett trade rumors, the more worried I get about the future of this franchise. There are "insider" reports on both the Boston and the Minnesota boards that say it is basically a done deal. We give up our future for a 1 or 2 year window. I like the Rashard Lewis rumors best. We don't give up Al, we don't give up the 5th pick and we get a very good player to go with Pierce. We still have a top PF who will be a perennial all star for years to come. We get to pick a Corey Brewer, a Horford, a Green, a Noah, a Yi - a player who can come in and help right away and who has a chance to also be a perennial all star in the future. I am in agony here. I just hope Danny isn't that stupid to give away our future for a 2 year window with an aging super star. We have done that before and it never works out.