Mark Murphy posted at 1:01 that the deal has been finalized and Garnett should be in Boston this afternoon. We knew it was coming, but now it seems so .... well, final. I will miss Al Jefferson, especially when he is putting up big numbers for the Wolves in 6 years and the Celtics are back to rebuilding again. But if we can win a championship, we had to go for it.
A league source just confirmed that the Celtics and Timberwolves have finalized a deal that will bring Kevin Garnett to Boston in exchange for Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and two first round draft picks.
Garnett is expected to arrive in Boston this afternoon for a physical. Garnett has agreed to a three-year extension with the Celtics beyond the two remaining on his contract, guaranteeing that he will be a Celtic for the next five years.
One reason for prolonged negotiations was the Celtics’ attempt to lessen the luxury tax hit this team will take next year, with Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen scheduled to earn a combined $54.4 million - the highest of any three-player combo in the NBA.
This will involve finding a way to lessen the impact of a 15 percent trade kicker in Garnett’s contract.
It is worth the gamble. The Celts are losing a lot of "potential" but they're gaining a superstar still in his prime. These guys could be unstoppable. I see Ray Allen emerging as the high scorer, as he'll truly benefit from KG being double teamed. Allen is deffinitely licking his chops right now. Can't wait to see these guys in action!