Kevin Garnett reportedly told Danny Ainge that he would make a decision on retirement vs. playing this year by today. In fact, he's one of the few free agents that Ainge can talk money with right away.
The Celtics have an exclusive negotiating window with Garnett through the end of June; free agents can start negotiating with other teams on July 1, with a moratorium on signings from July 1-10. "I’ve been talking with Kevin and his people and don’t really have any conclusions yet," Ainge said after Thursday night’s NBA draft. "That’s our No. 1 option. One reason is because he’s such a valuable player, and one reason is because he’s the only guy we can talk to."
Hopefully KG can give Ainge a yes answer and the two can work out the parameters of a reasonable deal that will allow Ainge some room under the cap to sign some of our own free agents and any others we might be interested in.