The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have been down this road before. Last month, a trade scenario involving Kevin Garnett was “discussed,” but later shot down. According to Yahoo! Sports, a trade involving the Clippers and Celtics has resurfaced.
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have been discussing a deal to trade forward Kevin Garnett for guard Eric Bledsoe and center DeAndre Jordan, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.Advertisement
There are differing factions within the Celtics and Clippers on the basis of the actual deal, but the two teams have been in regular contact about the possibility, sources said.
Obviously, the biggest deal-breaker for this scenario rests on the shoulders of Kevin Garnett, who would have to waive his no-trade clause and accept a deal to Los Angeles. Sources say it’s possible Garnett would accept the deal because of his close relationship with current Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, and the fact that he already owns a home in Malibu.
Several teams have inquired about the young Bledsoe, who was posting triple-doubles while Chris Paul nursed a knee injury last week. Bledsoe has already proved he can fill a team’s void, and the Celtics currently have a gaping one with Rajon Rondo out with a torn ACL. Looking down the road, this move can also create depth and/or trade bait for the Celtics. At least that’s how I see it.
If the Celtics do acquire Jordan and Bledsoe, it would give them two young players that they can build around as “the big three” era in Boston is coming to an end. The Clippers would lose a premier shot blocker and excellent rebounder in Jordan, but Garnett could provide them with that missing piece to compete for a championship.
Again, these are all just rumors, and we have been down this road before with these two teams and trade scenarios. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday. Don’t hold your breath.
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