The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers finally agreed to the Doc Rivers trade today, a deal which had been running on about a week’s time. Every day there was something new to the potential deal, mostly on the Clippers side, as often their demands seemed to be rather outrageous. Celtics forward Kevin Garnett was not a part of today’s deal and the NBA has reportedly sent out strong signals that they would not allow Garnett to go to Los Angeles. The reasoning is that it would still be connected to the Rivers deal and players cannot be traded as part of a transaction with a head coach. It now becomes a guessing game as to what happens to Garnett.
With Rivers no longer around, it seems very unlikely that Garnett will ever play again for the Celtics. He has stated a strong desire to play for Rivers and given that Paul Pierce’s future with organization is cloudy at best, there seems no way Garnett would want to play for simply a Rajon Rondo led team. What happens to Garnett? There are really only two options. He either retires and calls it a career, or he becomes more open minded regarding playing for other teams. He has a no trade clause in his contract, meaning that he gets to dictate who he plays for. He has not been very flexible in terms of suggesting that he would waive it, but now knowing that he probably doesn’t have a future anymore in Boston, it might make sense for him to explore other options.
The Celtics are already in the midst of a very interesting summer and things will only get more busy from here on out.
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