According to multiple reports, word is that the Los Angeles Clippers are attempting to acquire power forward Kevin Garnett and hire Doc Rivers. Trading Rivers and Garnett is a smart move for Boston.
The deal is that the Clipper will send center DeAndre Jordan and first round picks in 2013 and 2014 for Garnett and the right to hire Rivers. The sticking point is that the Celtics want guard Eric Bledsoe and the Clippers don’t want to include him. So are the Celtics asking too much?
Garnett turned 31-years-old last month, so he doesn’t have many years left and Rivers is a coach that doesn’t have that much affect. So, the answer is hell yeah, because it’s highway robbery.
What the Celtics is thinking is that guard/forward Paul Pierce will follow Garnett and Rivers to the Clippers. Pierce has a player option year still left on his contract. So, the Celtics are probably considering him as part of the deal.
That well may be true, but it doesn’t mean the Celtics are right. It’s a player option, so Pierce could decide not to exercise it and leave for another team like the Miami Heat or the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to the Los Angeles Times, there are two reasons why the Clippers don’t want to include Bledsoe. First, they don’t want to feel robbed by Boston. Secondly, they like to keep Bledsoe for a later trade, which has been rumored to be Bledsoe and forward Blake Griffin in a sign and trade for Los Angeles Lakers Center Dwight Howard.
The thing that bothers me is that the Celtics wouldn’t be barren of talent. They still have guard Rajon Rondo, who is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and small forward Jeff Green who emerged last year and will replace Pierce.
Also, they have young players like guard Avery Bradley, who has steadily improved since being drafted by the Celtics in 2010, and power forward Jared Sullinger who in 45 games showed flashes of great ability as 10 of those games he scored double digit points. Sullinger only played in 45 games as he suffered a back injury in February that sidelined him for the season.
So with Jordan at center the rest of Celtics starting lineup would Rondo at point guard, Bradley at shooting guard, Green at the small forward and Sullinger at the power forward position. That is a young lineup, but a lineup that has a lot of potential.
That’s not mentioning the fact that the Celtics also have Fab Melo in the development league and looks to have a bright future.
The deal is reportedly going to be commiserated in the next two days or the two will walk away. Hopefully, Boston will drop the request for Bledsoe as trading Rivers and Garnett is a smart move for Boston.