Boston Celtics star forward Kevin Garnett just concluded his sixth season with the franchise, a pretty impressive number considering most people felt the Celtics had a three year window to win with Garnett and Ray Allen, now a member of the rival Miami Heat. Fast forward to 2013 and Garnett still is a very productive player in the NBA. He is certainly no longer the player he once was, but he is still very effective and can help put a team over the top in the right situation. He is now 37 years old and the wear and tear of playing so many seasons has certainly started to take its toll. His minutes were clearly down this season and his scoring numbers in particular were at an all-time low. He is no longer a dominant one or two option, but he can still be a very good number three option for a franchise.
The Celtics have an interesting situation on their hands this summer with Garnett. He is still under contract for two more seasons having signed a new deal last summer. The dynamic part comes in relation to head coach Doc Rivers and Celtics captain Paul Pierce. The Celtics have an option on Pierce’s contract and all signals as of now are that they plan to decline it. It seems very unlikely Garnett would come back without Pierce which would either leave him to request a trade or announce his retirement. A similar situation exists with Rivers as well as Garnett has stated many times his admiration for the Celtics head coach.
Garnett has been a franchise saver for the Celtics, and it is no certainty that he will be back in Boston next season.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18