Kevin Garnett remains adamant that he will not waive his no-trade clause under any circumstance. Garnett has stated several times in the past week that he “bleeds green and dies green” and therefore wants to retire with the Boston Celtics. Although KG has confirmed he will not waive his no trade clause, that has not stopped Los Angeles Clippers point guard, Chris Paul, from trying to convince his team to acquire the 15-time All-star.
While Chris Paul is set to become a free agent this off-season, all indications point towards the All-Star point guard returning to Los Angeles. Still, with Paul an impending free agent, there has been hearsay that Paul has leverage on the Clippers as he apparently has a major say in what management will do in terms of personnel decisions for the upcoming trade deadline. The Clippers need to appease Paul because he is the best point guard in the NBA and they cannot afford to lose him and fall back towards mediocrity and beyond. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Paul has as much power with the team as any player in the league.
“If Chris wants Vinny Del Negro, he’ll be the coach,” one source tied to the Clippers and Paul said. “If Chris wants Kevin Garnet], they’ll push harder for it.”
Chris Paul has a lot of respect for Kevin Garnett and rightfully so. Garnett was able to change the culture of the Boston Celtics with his arrival in the 2007-2008 season with his defensive intensity. Garnett was one of the key components to the Celtics 2008 championship and he is a big reason the team returned to the Finals and 2010 and went all the way to the Conference Finals last season despite the roster being ravaged by injuries. Paul recognizes Garnett’s passion for the game and would love to see Garnett on the Clippers.
“He’s one of those guys that I genuinely appreciate and always said this, Paul said. “ I’d love to have KG on my team. He’s focused and I love that about him.”
It appears that Chris Paul will push as hard as he can for the Clippers management to trade for Garnett. The problem is, though, Boston may not be willing to deal the loyal star that has been the emotional leader of the team for five and a half seasons now. The trade rumors as of now involve Boston sending Garnett to the Clippers, while the Celtics would acquire Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan. Bledsoe is a great young combo guard that the Celtics would love to have moving forward and Jordan would provide a presence on the glass that the Celtics have lacked the past couple of seasons. Alas, the Boston Celtics have won eight of their past nine games and are suddenly looking like a potential contender in the Eastern Conference for the sixth straight year, making it tough for Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge to trade away a veteran like Garnett. If Chris Paul has a say on the matter, it is clear he wants the trade to happen but Garnett has the last say as he can veto any deal.