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Your Morning Dump… Where KG is coming back for three more years

Chuck - Red's Army June 30, 2012 Celtics News, Kevin Garnett, The Morning Dump 33 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. 

Kevin Garnett is staying with the Celtics. The Herald has learned this morning that Garnett has informed the club he will be back.

The 36-year-old considered retirement, but ultimately decided to return for an 18th NBA season — and more.

According to an NBA source and a source close to Garnett, the sides are working out the details of a deal that will be for at least two years and could possibly include a third.

“The decision came down to whether KG wanted to keep playing,” said one source. “And once he decided that he did, it was going to be Boston. He wasn’t going to leave Doc (River) and those guys and play anywhere else.”

Concerns about the mileage on his body were alleviated when Garnett’s numbers improved dramatically during these last playoffs and indeed down the stretch of the regular season. The increases roughly coincided with his move from power forward to center, where he was able outmaneuver bigger centers and pull them out to the perimeter while taking smaller opponents inside and scoring over them.

“Kevin was absolutely great this season, and he just wants to keep going,” said a source. “And when you look at how he was playing, there’s no reason for him to stop.”

Herald

UPDATE: Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports the deal is three years, $34 million.

Fantastic news. I knew all along it was Boston or bust.

The third year seems a bit much, but I doubt Garnett will hang on just to collect a paycheck. $11 million per year is a bargain.

I’m curious if Garnett will continue to play center.

The rest of the links:

Herald – Team Sully has his back | Green’s heart still with C’s | Offer for Doc’s kid falls shy | Kids need some work | ESPN Boston – Report card: Danny Ainge | Getting to know Sully and Fab | CSNNE – Ryan: Ainge took good gamble with picks | Pro Basketball Talk – Mayo free agent, Celtics interested

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  • kricky

    GREAT NEWS!

    I was seriously getting myself mentally ready for the end of this wonderful run. This news made my day!

    You just have to admire KG’s passion and love for the game. It must be so hard to get yourself physically and mentally ready at his age. I hoe this rubs off at least a little bit on the young guys.

  • uh huh

    I think he should keep playing center. I know he hates it, but he’s clearly a top 10 center in the league and looked, umm, “weathered” when he started out the year at the 4.

    • Lee in Oregon

      My feeling too….at this point he’s a way better center than 4, so unless DA gets a starting center of better quality. This is fantastic news, now I’m interested in the #’s…….hopefully KG leaves DA enough dough to get some players.

    • Alex

      Umm… everyone was weathered because it was a lockout and people weren’t in shape…

  • bob

    i f###ing love KG. good times are coming…

  • thetitleisours

    This is like Christmas in (almost) July! Things just keep getting better. I bet losing to Miami and the way it happened had an impact. He is going to show that the C’s healthy are better. Anyone want to take a shot of what the roster(s) may look like?

  • deezy

    so psyched about this. fab melo may end up being real real good when kg leaves

  • Dunn

    christmas came early…im getting sick of this Sugar Ray Bull-Sh*t…we all know what hes gunna do…

    #AllAbout18
    #BigTicketForPresident

  • Grandad434

    Awesome news! I do hope that he becomes an Asst Coach for Doc by the 3rd year though. Unless of course he’s still playing like he has been lately! The roster is probably going to look the same, depending on if it’s Bass or Jeff Green at the 4. I’d rather have KG at the 4, but he’s phenominal playing the 5 and getting paid very well at his age to do so as long as he stays healthy. This is exactly what Boston needed. Now if Doc can start limiting Pierce’s minutes and playing last year’s rookies more they will be on the road to a top 3 team again and maybe more. Melo is a bust, but if they go ahead and have Sully do back surgery or rehab and not screw him up worse, he could be a nice replacement for KG in a couple of years.

    • ShawnCVD

      I love how Fab Melo is already a bust. The kid is 7 feet, young, a project for sure, and now has KG riding him for 2-3 years which could pay dividends for his development.

      Was Perk a bust the weekend after he got drafted?

      • Boston08

        Kg riding melo for 2-3 yrs? Sounds gay

        • screaming jay

          in your mind, anyway…

          • aaron

            you fags would like to ride kg for 2-3 years

    • KY Celts fan

      “Melo is a bust”… wow, before he’s even had his welcoming press conference. I believe that’s a new record on pessimism.

    • Alex

      Dude, give Melo a chance.

    • RedsLoveChild

      Ainge committed “armed robbery” on draft night!

      Melo will be Boston`s starting center by next Feb.

      You want to talk about a bust? That would be JJJ.

      • KY Celts fan

        Just like Avery was a bust after his rookie season?

        • RedsLoveChild

          Not at all.

          With Bradley, you could see his passion, hunger, and commitment to playing aggressive defense.

          JJJ is lazy, tentative, and doesn`t even work on his body in the weight room. There is no sign of progression with him.

          • KY Celts fan

            Oh, ok. I didn’t realize you had access to Celtics weight room facilities. My bad.

  • colaroaster

    “y’all need to hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband cause KG be rapin’ everybody out here.”

    • colaroaster

      this new deal push’s KG’s career earning past $325M.

      • kricky

        And that doesn’t include the billion Anta shoes he’s sold in China.

  • zippittyay

    If Fab improves this year half as much as he did last year, he will be ROY candidate. I guess the good news and the bad news is that there IS room for improvement. His radical change from freshman to sophomore years at Syracuse prove he has a strong desire to improve. I’m thinking Tyson Chandler WITH an offensive game in a couple of years.

  • Raxe

    This is excellent, there is no comparable player we could have gotten from anywhere, and I love keeping the team together. That’s half of what makes it a TEAM.

    I do want Ray back as well. I know he was injured this year and not at his best, but even when his shot wasn’t falling his +/- was generally among the best.

    I say guarantee him the starting position if his health permits. The young kid won’t mind playing backup one more year. Last year he wasn’t even the first backup.

  • A.D.

    Love the deal.. agreed that third year is a bit much but hey if that’s the price for the first two years I’d take it..
    Whatever he’s got for the young’ns in invaluable too…
    Also agree that Fab is going to surprise a lot of folks round here..

    LETS GET 18

  • BamaCeltic

    Great news!! This makes me feel a lot better about the picks. Without doc ,this don’t happen , now bring on some free agents who want to be apart of the greatest sports franchise!! He’ll yeah go Celtics!

  • JimmyG

    Redundant for me to say, but this is great news. I’m not sure I was ready to live in a world without KG playing for the Celtics. At this point it would be better to do this than blow the team up. This is completely necessary for the rookie class we just brought in too. Very relieved.

  • michael guia

    THANK YOU KG. HOPE IS STILL ALIVE WITH THE GREEN TEAM.

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  • screaming jay

    Here is a link showing KG some love, a 5 minute vid with Stephen A Smith talking KG and the Celts chances going forward:

    http://espn.go.com/boston/nba/story/_/id/8115843/boston-celtics-kevin-garnett-returning-team

  • BradinFL

    Am i the only one who thinks maybe 10 million a year is a little too much? I wanted him back too but dang…a 6th or 7th 40 year old man…10 mill a year is alot..Plus thats less money to bring in somebody else so he doesnt have to play the big minutes…..Im happy, but at same time, I hope those 10-11 mil for 3 years is incorrect.

  • celtics4life

    our rebounding issues could definitely be solved if fab melo turns out to be better than advertised and kg slides to the 4. two 7 fters in the paint! bass, sully, kg and melo give us a lot of versatility

  • Caterpillar from Italy

    Is it true KG is back for 3 years/34 million??

    He’s my favorite player at all, but aren’t the Celtics overpaying him? The dude is 36! Wow!