Although the Boston Celtics haven't lent any credence to the ongoing trade talk surrounding Kevin Garnett, fans can expect it to remain a hot topic leading up to the trade deadline. He's a very productive veteran that could help a contender.
Those type of players are like gold around the deadline. Almost every team hoping to make a run toward a championship is looking for one and Garnett's track record will keep him in the spotlight. He will generate a lot of interest if made available behind the scenes.
There are some hurdles that would need to get jumped to complete a deal, however, including his ability to block trades. Let's examine some of the latest updates on the situation with two weeks until deadline day.
The entire hoopla involving Garnett started after Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reported the Clippers were trying to land the 36-year-old forward. It was the first sign that something might be brewing in Boston.
Alas, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports an NBA source states no potential deals have been discussed between the two sides. Any talk about a deal featuring Los Angeles point guard Eric Bledsoe is off base.
The Clippers would be one logical landing spot, though. They are contenders, but are in need of another experienced big man to solidify their rotation. That said, the latest report makes it sound like they would have to start at square one if they want him.
Right now, the Nuggets would fall into the fringe contender category. If everything fell exactly right for them in the playoffs, they might be able to make it out of the Western Conference. However, another key piece would make them a more realistic threat.
The Nuggets have shown interest in Garnett, but he isn't warming to the idea of heading to Denver, according to Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post. He says the team should keep tabs on the situation even though getting the Celtics star is a long shot.
Garnett would take Denver to the next level. The Nuggets are strong on the perimeter, but need another reliable post presence and he certainly fits the bill. They would have to work some magic to change his stance, though.
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The fact Garnett is able to wipe out any potential trade adds an extra layer of red tape to the situation. Other teams don't only have to work out a deal with the Celtics, but they also have to convince him to make the move. It's tricky.
Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld.com reports sources close to the situation say Garnett's loyalty to teammate Paul Pierce and head coach Doc Rivers outweigh joining a contender. A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com adds that it would be a "monumental task" to get him to waive the clause.
If Garnett wants to stay with the Celtics, that's exactly what will happen. It will be interesting to see over the next few weeks if any contenders make a serious push to change his mind. For now, he remains in Boston with a team on a five-game winning streak.