One of Ray Allen's reasons for considering leaving Boston was the fact that Danny had tried to trade him in the previous season. To counter that, Danny offered to include a full no trade clause in Ray's contract. But, that was just an excuse because Ray was ready to leave because of other factors including the fact that he felt disrespected by his move to the bench and the fact that he couldn't get along with Rondo. Ray didn't get a no trade clause in Miami so if his ankles are hurt again and he doesn't produce, there's nothing to stop them from offering him in a trade. If it was security he was after, his chance to get it was in Boston.
Today the news came out that Kevin Garnett has one of only 4 full no trade clauses in his contract. The other three players to have one are Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, and Dirk Nowitski. That's some pretty rare company. I don't see the Celtics wanting to trade KG anyway given his value to the team that goes way beyond his play on the court.
KG is the heart of this team, even more so than Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo. Or maybe I should say he is the conscience of the team. It is KG who keeps everyone on track and he does it by example. Beyond his play, he is the perfect mentor for young players such as Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo. One year with KG did wonders for Greg Stiemsma and it will more than likely do the same for Sully and Fab. I don't think he needed the no trade clause but I'm glad he has it.
I sometimes get mad at the Big Fella for not being 28 any more. I'm probably not alone. But I sure am glad I've had the opportunity to watch him wear the Green over the last 5 years, and equally pleased that the KG Era will continue in earnest soon.
It has been one of the great privileges of my Celtic fanhood.
Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are two of the very, very best in the business and surefire Hall of Famers. After all those years toiling in obscurity in Minnesota, it feels great that Danny acknowledged KG with this NTC. You don't get one if you don't have value, which is why it is so rare.
I model my passion and intensity for the game after him whenever I play, and it has made a huge difference.