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There are differing factions within the Celtics and Clippers on the prudence of the deal, but the two teams have been in regular contact about the possibility, sources said.
Nevertheless, the biggest hurdle could ultimately center on Garnett’s willingness to waive his no-trade clause and accept a deal to the Clippers.
Because of his home in Malibu, and a close relationship with Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, there’s hope that Garnett, a 15-time All-Star, could be coaxed into accepting a trade if an agreement is reached, sources said.
If Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears are collaborating on a trade rumor story, there must be some truth to it.
While the inclusion of the 24-year-old Jordan makes this rumored deal much more appealing than the one that included Caron Butler, I remain reluctant to deal Kevin Garnett. Maybe it’s the 12-year-old fan inside me, but I’d rather see Garnett retire a Celtic than swap him for Jordan and Butler.
A source of Fox Sports’ Sam Amico speculates that if the Celtics unload Garnett, Paul Pierce will be next. Duh.
“I haven’t talked to Danny Ainge in weeks,” Kupchak told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard. “I made the statement a week or two ago that we’re not going to trade Dwight Howard and that hasn’t changed.”
When asked if a possible Howard-for-Rondo trade was discussed when he spoke to the Celtics weeks ago, Kupchak again said no. He said at no point this season has a Howard-for-Rondo trade been discussed.
I’m intrigued by this possible swap. Maybe it’s because I think KG and Doc can reach Dwight Howard. Color me naive.
And last but not least, there’s Josh Smith:
I’ve heard for a few weeks now that Boston is salivating over Atlanta forward Josh Smith and would be receptive to unloading Brandon Bass and Jeff Green to obtain him.
Gery Woelfel is the Bucks writer who recently proclaimed Boston is Smith’s primary destination.
Buckle up, people. We’re in for a wild ride until Thursday’s trade deadline.
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