Preparing to make a legitimate run at the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy, the Los Angeles Clippers are trying to acquire Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett for second-year guard Eric Bledsoe and veteran Caron Butler prior to the February 21 trade deadline.
Although losing five of their previous seven games, Los Angeles (34-15) still sits atop the Western Conference Pacific Division and, with superstars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul and solid ballplayers Chauncey Billups, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes and Grant Hill, seems destined for a memorable spring.
If the Clippers can 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 four in a row, the Celtics (24-23) 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 doesn’t concede 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 and has a no-trade clause in his contract.
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.
For the betterment of both franchises, Kevin Garnett should become an employee of the Los Angeles Clippers.
“The Big Ticket” would bring a title to Tinseltown in June.by