Kevin Garnett: Boston Celtics Star Refuses to Waive No-Trade Clause

Roy Burton@thebslineContributor IFebruary 16, 2013

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 13: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics laughs while sitting on the court after fighting for possession of the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the game on February 13, 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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Boston Celtics forward/center Kevin Garnett has recently been the subject of a number of trade rumors, a couple of which had him heading to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Eric Bledsoe and either Caron Butler or DeAndre Jordan.

However, Garnett is one of only four players in the league who has an explicit no-trade clause in his contract (Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant are the others), and he doesn't appear to be willing to waive it anytime soon.

During his interview with Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Garnett went on to further express his commitment to Boston, and the 36-year-old All-Star made it abundantly clear that we shouldn't expect to see him in another uniform for the rest of his career.

So unless Garnett has a sudden change of heart prior to the trade deadline, he'll remain with the Celtics at least through the rest of this season. Last July, Garnett signed a three-year, $36 million extension with Boston that expires in the summer of 2015.

Whether Garnett retires at the end of the season is still a mystery, though he hinted on Feb. 13 that this might be his last All-Star game. Sunday's contest will mark the 15th appearance in the NBA's midseason classic for Garnett, who is averaging 15.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game this season.

Garnett's terse, yet definitive statement pretty much ends any chance that he'll go to the Clippers (or the Denver Nuggets, or any other team that was interested in acquiring the 6'11" big man before the deadline).

And with that same refusal, the Celtics will likely have to use some of their other bargaining chips (maybe Avery Bradley, Brandon Bass and/or an injured Jared Sullinger) if they want to acquire a player or two who could help them in the stretch run.