With All-Star Weekend now officially over and the February 21 NBA Trade Deadline looming, General Managers, media insiders and sports agents’ blackberries and iPhones are blowing up this week with trade rumors and hot gossip. During these next few days, ESPN clearly thinks that they have the right to put every single trade rumor under a microscope on SportsCenter and have former Portland Trailblazers Assistant GM Tom Penn blindly click on random names on the show’s Ford TouchScreen NBA Trade Machine.
NBA fans, be warned that these rumors aren’t necessarily true.
For example, many media outlets have constantly discussed the potential trade between the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics that would ultimately send Kevin Garnett to the west coast and help Chris Paul and Blake Griffin chase their first NBA title.
Many TV networks, websites and newspapers have reported the complications to this deal regard whether the Clippers would ship DeAndre Jordan or Caron Butler to Boston along with prized point guard, Eric Bledsoe.
But, the biggest complication is Kevin Garnett’s No-Trade Clause in his $11.6 million contract. Garnett, a classy and loyal veteran who scoffed at Ray Allen for leaving Boston for the Miami Heat, isn’t going to be traded just for the hell of it. He loves Boston. He loves the rich history of the Celtics franchise. He loves Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.
Yes, Garnett makes his summer home in Malibu and it would make sense for his last stop to be in L.A., but don’t assume anything is definite with Garnett until he confirms it. In this rare case in the NBA, a player has more control over horribly irresponsible NBA.