Provided he does not retire, a revitalized Kevin Garnett will be in demand once the season ends. Count New Jersey as one of the interested teams:
According to the New York Daily News, the Nets, who have about $8 million in cap space this summer assuming they announce Kris Humphries' rights, are targeting Kevin Garnett and Ersan Ilyasova. Talk about a consolation prize, huh?
The Nets' first priority is to try and re-sign Deron Williams, but that's not going to happen unless a couple names join him in Brooklyn. Garnett is certainly a big name, but he'll be 36 next season and is on borrowed time with his knees.
Doc Rivers is on record saying he wants KG back in Boston next season.
"Oh yeah, absolutely. We want him back," Rivers said. "I think it will come down to if he wants to play or not. But, you know, who knows? So many games and so many things can happen. Being around this as long as I have I know it is very emotional how the season ends. And a lot of players have made poor decisions on the end of a season, so we'll have to wait and see."
What will Garnett do? Will he chase another championship and sign for low money with a contending team? It's possible.
Will he follow the money? I doubt it.
Will he stick around in Boston? I hope so. He loves Doc Rivers and the Celtics tradition. I want KG back in Boston, either as a starter or role player.
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