Re: Sorting Through The Trade Rumors!
posted at 2/17/2013 8:42 AM EST
Garnett: It's a business Takes trade rumors like professional February 17, 2013
HOUSTON Danny Ainge is known as an active player in just about any trade market, but this week the Celtics president of basketball operationsâ fondness for kicking tires has accelerated as Thursday's trade deadline approaches.
Yesterday's hot rumor involved a Yahoo! report that had Ainge discussing a swap of Kevin Garnett and the Clippers DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe.
Garnett, who would have to give permission to be included in any deal, said yesterday he will not waive his trade clause.
No. Why would I come back to help this team go further, only to be set up to have change? he said. That's just from me, though. No, if it was up to me, I would live and die green, all day.
Garnett also said he has not been approached by Celtics management about potential deals.
I'm not aware of when Danny talks to teams, he said, sounding puzzled by the sudden proliferation of trade talk. Trying to see what you're trying to get at. Do I need to call Danny right now? If my name's out there, it's not the first time, right?
It's always a business. I'm just speaking from my side, said Garnett. Trade talks are a part of me, a part of the business side of the league. I'm no different. It is what it is. But at this point Danny hasnât said anything to me, and I haven't had any talks with Doc (Rivers) either. Things for me have been the status quo. I just woke up and hear yaâll talking, so maybe I need to get on the phone.
A Celtics source confirmed that the team has indeed been in talks with the Clippers, but disputed the players involved in the Yahoo! report. The source claimed the Clippers were interested in putting together a package involving forward Caron Butler, not Jordan and Bledsoe, for Garnett.
The Celtics are not interested in Butler, the source said.
On Friday night a league source confirmed a CBS Sports report that the Celtics had discussed sending a package headlined by Rajon Rondo to the Lakers for Dwight Howard. Rondoâs surgery to repair a torn ACL seems to have derailed those talks.
But as Garnett can attest, it's a crazy time of year to be an NBA player.
Every individual is different, he said. At some point people think about trades, especially when it's out of your control. I'm not everybody and I can't speak for everybody. I'm not one who wants to do any change. I haven't been spoken to about change.
Call for help
Garnett does hope that by the time the Celtics reconvene in Denver for Tuesday's game the Celtics add a player or two to a depleted roster.
I'm hoping that we have something, he said. We don't have a lot of manpower, though we do have a group of fighters who are willing to go out and play hard. We'll see.
A name to keep in mind is Jannero Pargo, the 32-year-old guard whose second 10-day contract with Atlanta ended Tuesday. In addition to a player who has played well against the Celtics over the years, he is a streak shooter with ball-handling skills. That, of course, is precisely what the Celtics need.
It helps that Pargo's skills are reminiscent of Leandro Barbosa, though he's not as explosive.
According to a league source, the Celtics have investigated, though another countered that, Right now he's just one of a number of names (for the Celtics).
One name that appears to be almost completely off the Celtics radar is Delonte West, whose behavioral issues reached such a state of critical mass that the Dallas Mavericks released him last fall.
West appears to have hurt himself further by pulling out of a stated intention to join the Texas Legends of the NBADL.
West was willing to play for the Mavericks affiliate until Dallas ownerMark Cuban signed veteran guard Mike James. Instead of showcasing himself, West decided against a D-League experience.
Doesn't he realize there are 30 teams in the league? the source said incredulously.
Green changes mind
Gerald Green had sworn off of dunking contests as far back as 2007, when he won the NBA dunk title in his last season as a Celtic. But last nightâs contest was too hard to resist.
I know I said that was it, especially to all (of the Boston media), said Green, now a Pacers guard. I said I didnât need it, I was moving on. But how can I not when itâs in my hometown? My family is here. Where else could I do it but here.