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NBA Trade Rumors: Would Kevin Garnett Fit in with the Clippers?

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 30: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot over DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings during the game on January 30, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Michael LingbergCorrespondent IIIFebruary 3, 2013

Kevin Garnett is a living basketball legend. He's earned the right to go wherever he has the best chance to win. 

Would that be with the Los Angeles Clippers?

Sean Deveney from Sporting News has tweeted that the Clippers have contacted the Boston Celtics regarding Garnett (via HoopsHype):

Sources tell Sporting News that the  have contacted the  about Kevin Garnett. Offer would include Caron Butler and Bledsoe.

That's certainly an intriguing prospect. It would certainly signal the Clippers' desire to win right now, and Garnett would make them an even more dangerous contender than they already are. 

But would it be a good idea for Los Angeles to trade away Eric Bledsoe who is their only truly promising young player? Would it be smart to trade the future away for a man who might not be a Clipper past next season?

This wouldn't make much sense for Boston, either. Bledsoe is a starting-caliber point guard, but would be stuck behind Rajon Rondo next season. This season, however, he'd have all the playing time he would want, as Rondo is out with a torn ACL.

If the Clippers do indeed do this trade, Blake Griffin could slide over to the small forward position so Garnett can take the power forward duties. DeAndre Jordan would stay as the center. If nothing else, Garnett would be a fine mentor to the two frontcourt players. 

But of course, we can't forget about Garnett's no-trade clause in his contract. We know Garnett is one of the most loyal players in all of sports and dislikes moving to new cities and teams. But anything can happen, and just because he has that clause in his contract doesn't mean there is no chance of him being traded. 

The most important question? What does Garnett want?

Time will tell.

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