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Report: Celtics' deal for Garnett done

Report: Celtics' deal for Garnett done

Report: Celtics' deal for Garnett done
July 30th, 2007

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics have reportedly acquired center Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a multi-player deal.

The Boston Herald reported Monday, citing unidentified sources, that the deal is done and that finances between Garnett and the Celtics are being worked out. According to the report, a trade kicker and an extension to avoid the luxury tax are being ironed out.

Boston sent forwards Al Jefferson and Ryan Gomes; guards Gerald Green and Sebastian Telfair; center Theo Ratliff and two draft picks to Minnesota for Garnett. One pick is Boston's 2009 first-round selection and the second would be the pick Boston acquired from Minnesota in the Wally Szczerbiak-Ricky Davis trade.

Garnett, 31, averaged 22.4 points, 12.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 blocks last season for Minnesota, which finished a disappointing 32-49 a year ago. The 6-11, 12-year veteran has career averages of 20.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.7 blocks.

Boston also had a sub-par 2006-07 campaign, ending an Eastern Conference worst 24-58. The acquisition of Garnett is just one of many moves in a busy offseason for general manager Danny Ainge. On draft night, the club traded for guard Ray Allen.

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Celtics complete deal for Garnett

Kevin Garnett is coming to Boston — and he's going to stay for a while.

According to Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss, the 10-time NBA All-Star will likely be introduced at a news conference at 5:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

According to multiple sources close to situation, Minnesota will send Garnett to Boston for five players and a pair of first-round draft picks. Al Jefferson is the centerpiece of the deal for Timberwolves Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale, who will also get Theo Ratliff and his expiring contract, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair and a pair of 2009 first-round picks.

The Celtics' draft pick will be top-three protected and the other pick will be the one Minnesota originally dealt to Boston in the trade that sent Ricky Davis to the T'Wolves for Wally Szczerbiak.

According to sources, Garnett will also sign a three-year extension with the Celtics. He has two years left on his current deal.

Garnett, the league's MVP in 2004, had the option to opt out of his contract — which pays $22 million next season — after the 2008 campaign and become a free agent.

McHale tried feverishly to obtain Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo in the deal. However, Celtics boss Danny Ainge held out from trading Rondo — who will likely be the team's starting floor leader this season.

Ainge tried unsuccessfully to acquire the 31-year-old Garnett prior to the NBA Draft, but was able to land Ray Allen from Seattle for the No. 5 overall pick, Delonte West and Szczerbiak on the night of the draft.

Garnett didn't have any interest in heading to Boston prior to the draft, but now with Pierce and Allen in the fold, he had a change of heart. Garnett averaged 22.4 points and 12.8 rebounds per game last season -- his 12th in the NBA.

The primary factor with the deal was Garnett agreeing to the multi-year deal to remain in Boston -- and figuring out the specifics regarding the 15 percent or $6.75 million trade kicker in Garnett's contract.

The trade gives Ainge and the Celtics, who finished 24-58 last season, a team that could compete with anyone in the Eastern Conference. The 29-year-old Pierce missed 35 games a year ago due to injuries. With the trio of Pierce, Garnett and Allen, Boston would also have nearly $55 million in salaries between the three players for next season alone.

"There's no question that the Celtics could win the East," said one high-ranking NBA executive. "But they've got a lot of money tied up in those three players going forward."

The T'Wolves will get one of the league's top young players in the 22-year-old Jefferson, who averaged 16 points and 11 boards in 69 games a year ago. They would also get Ratliff's $11.7 million salary, which will come off the books after this season, and a big-time athlete in Green who has shown glimpses of potential.

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Glory days returning to Beantown
July 31st, 2007

(Sports Network) - Boston's executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge has saved his job with the Celtics by acquiring forward Kevin Garnett. Ainge, who won two championships as a player with the Celtics during his 14- year career, has revitalized the franchise this offseason by making two blockbuster deals for a pair of All-Stars.

On draft night, the Celtics acquired 32-year-old shooting guard Ray Allen from the Seattle SuperSonics for guard Delonte West, forwards Wally Szczerbiak and Georgetown's Jeff Green, who was chosen with the No. 5 overall pick. A seven- time All-Star, Allen, who averaged a team-best 26.4 points in 55 games for Seattle this past season, is still one of the best outside shooters in the NBA and has a few good years left in him.

However, it's the Garnett deal that has pushed Boston, which finished an Eastern Conference worst 24-58 during the 2006-07 campaign and did not qualify for the playoffs for a second straight year, back to the top of the conference.

Boston dealt Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff, cash considerations and two first-round draft picks to Minnesota for Garnett. The Timberwolves receive Boston's 2009 first-round selection and will also get back the first-round draft pick the team dealt to the Celtics in a 2006 trade.

The 31-year-old Garnett, who will be entering his 13th season in the league, was the NBA MVP in the 2003-04 campaign. Garnett played in 76 games in 2006-07 and led Minnesota in scoring (22.4 ppg) and rebounding (12.8 rpg), but the Timberwolves missed the postseason for the third straight year.

A 10-time All-Star, Garnett has averaged over 20 points and more than 10 boards per game in nine straight seasons. He led the Timberwolves to the 2004 Western Conference finals, where they were eliminated in six games by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Originally drafted out of Farragut Academy High School by Minnesota in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1996 draft, Garnett has registered career- averages of 20.5 points and 11.4 rebounds in 927 contests. He has played in 47 postseason games, but has won only two playoff series.

The Celtics now have arguably the most potent trio in the NBA. Allen and Garnett join five-time All-Star Paul Pierce, who averaged 25.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 47 games for Boston last season.

Pierce, who will turn 30 on October 13th, now has the help and quality teammates he has been looking for. The Kansas product has been a one-man show the last several years for the Celtics. He wanted to play with better players, and Ainge has now made that a reality.

Ainge has mortgaged the Celtics' future to win now. It is a huge gamble, but one that is worth taking. Allen, Garnett and Pierce will all be in their 30s when the 2007-08 campaign begins. All three players have never appeared in the NBA Finals during their careers, and will be hungry and motivated to get to the next level.

Many of us questioned the deal for Allen. But who knew Ainge was going to be able to add Garnett to the mix. If this was part of the master plan, kudos to Ainge, who was on the hot seat and will surely get the chance to see how his new All-Star lineup will perform together over the next few seasons.

The last time Boston, which has not won a championship since beating the Houston Rockets in six games in 1986, advanced to the Eastern Conference finals was in 2002, when it was knocked out in six by the New Jersey Nets. It has been over 20 years since the Celtics played in the NBA Finals. They fell in six contests to the Lakers during the 1987 championship round.

By putting together a three-headed monster of Allen, Garnett and Pierce, Ainge has pushed the Celtics past the defending conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers as well as the Detroit Pistons, who have played in five straight East finals.

Yet, Boston's roster is still thin. Guards Tony Allen, who played in just 35 games last season, and Rajon Rondo will have to step up and raise their production, while center Kendrick Perkins is going to be asked to rebound and play tough defense.

Perkins collected 4.5 points and 5.2 boards in 72 contests in 2006-07 and will need to provide a physical presence down low. Rondo, who will be entering his second season in the NBA, will get the opportunity to start at the point and play big minutes. Boston is very high on Rondo's potential and his athleticism.

There is still more work to be done during the remainder of the offseason. Ainge will try and get head coach Doc Rivers some veterans who can contribute off the bench. Suddenly, Boston has become a very appealing place to play once again. The opportunity to play for a winner is alive and well. The free agent crop is not very attractive anymore, but there may be some players who can help.

There is currently no eye towards the future in Beantown. The time to win is now, as the window will not be open very long for this franchise. There will be no excuses.

The Celtics are once again the team to beat in the East. One of the most storied franchises in professional sports is back on the map.

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