Sources: Celtics contemplate Garnett trade
FEB 16, 2013 12:45a ET
In exchange, the Celtics would receive Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and reserve guard Eric Bledsoe. A second-round pick may also be involved, sources said.
The potential deal was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.
Garnett, 36, has a no-trade clause in his contract, but both sides presume he’ll waive it if sent to a contending team such as the Clippers. The Yahoo story also cited Garnett’s home in Malibu and friendship with Clippers guard Chauncey Billups as reasons Garnett might accept a trade.
In exchange, the Celtics would receive a young athletic center in Jordan, 24, and young capable point guard in Bledsoe, 23.
Bledsoe currently backs up All-Star Chris Paul with the Clippers, but many within NBA circles believe Bledsoe is talented enough to run his own team. The season-ending ACL injury to Rajon Rondo last month has the Celtics on the lookout for a starting-caliber point guard.
Rondo’s injury also opened the door for Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to consider moving some of his other major parts, including Garnett and forward Paul Pierce.
Sources speculated if Garnett were to agree to a trade, the Celtics would then aggressively attempt to move Pierce before Thursday’s trading deadline.
Garnett is in his 18th season and averaging 15.1 points on 50-percent shooting and 7.7 rebounds. He said earlier this week Sunday’s All-Star Game in Houston will be his last. Garnett will start for the Eastern Conference.
Jordan is in his fifth year and averaging a career-high 9.0 points to go along with 7.3 rebounds.
Bledsoe is averaging 9.6 points and 3.3 assists off the Clippers’ bench. He has played in all 56 games, including 12 starts. This is his third NBA season.
The Celtics are 8-1 since Rondo's injury. That includes wins over Miami, the L.A. Lakers and the Clippers.
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