Although head coach Vinny Del Negro is understandably in favor of the swap, the jackasses running the Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly “totally against” trading second-year guard Eric Bledsoe and center DeAndre Jordan for Boston Celtics superstar Kevin Garnett prior to Thursday’s deadline.
The Clippers (39-17) sit atop the Western Conference Pacific Division and, with standouts Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, and solid ballplayers Chauncey Billups, Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes, seem destined for a memorable spring.
Apparently unwilling to waive his no-trade clause, if the Clippers can somehow obtain the 6-foot-11, 253 pound Garnett, who is averaging 14.8 points, 7.30 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 47 games, the historically inept franchise will prove capable of overcoming any team in the association.
The 36-year-old Garnett, who the Minnesota Timberwolves took out of Farragut Academy in Chicago with the fifth pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, is a 15-time All-Star and utterly dominant defender in the paint.
Despite winning eight of its past nine games since losing point guard Rajon Rondo for the season with a torn ACL, the Celtics (28-24) are a collection of geriatrics and need to start rebuilding their roster.
Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen led Boston to its 17th championship during the George W. Bush Administration and Danny Ainge will really bang the pooch if he can’t convince KG, who owns a house in Malibu and is tight with Billups, the graying squad requires a massive facelift.
Keeping Garnett would be similar to when the organization sentimentally, and pathetically, clasped onto Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale in the early ’90s and ultimately became one of the league’s longstanding laughingstocks.
Garnett, the 2004 NBA Most Valuable Player and a nine-time member of the NBA All-Defensive First Team, is due $23.5 million in salary.
Shedding such a boatload of loot, and landing the 23-year-old Bledsoe, a 2011 NBA All-Rookie Second Teamer, would give the Celtics needed salary cap space and allow them to reconstruct on the fly.
Conversely, landing Garnett would empower Los Angeles to make a legitimate run at the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy.
For the betterment of both franchises, Kevin Garnett should become an employee of the Los Angeles Clippers.
It’s safe to predict “The Big Ticket” would help bring a title to Tinseltown in June.by