All the speculation of the past couple of days has been about the Clippers’ interest in Kevin Garnett. We’ve seen countless stories about it, many of which either gloss over the fact that KG has a no-trade clause, or don’t mention it at all.
Not only does he have a no-trade, he’s got a very specific one, according to Shaun Powell (via PBT)
Told Kevin Garnett will not waive no trade unless Pierce is dealt, and then only to LA. Lives in Malibu.
— Shaun Powell (@Powell2daPeople) February 4, 2013
While that might make some people think there’s some credence to the Clippers’ interest, there’s the little matter of Paul Pierce’s status in Boston. And as I’ve said from the beginning, the value of a guy like Pierce is higher to Boston than it is to other teams. Sure, they have interest in a guy who’s playing like Pierce is playing right now, but they know they’re only getting him for a year or two… so they’ll be reluctant to give up a package worthy of the wrath Danny Ainge faces if he trades Pierce away.
With the Celtics playing well lately, and the wide open East, it still looks most likely that the Celtics will stand pat. But we all know Danny… he’ll answer the phone. If someone gives him enough incentive to push the button on the nuclear option… he’ll do it. But he knows it will have to not just be the perfect deal, it will have to be a series of perfect deals.
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