BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 04: Kevin Garnett #5 and Jermaine O'Neal #7 of the Boston Celtics enjoy a video on the jumbotron late in the fourth quarter against the New Jersey Nets on January 4, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the New Jersey Nets 89-70. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
There are now three full no-trade clauses in the NBA. Kevin Garnett is the third.— Mark Deeks (@MarkDeeksNBA) September 19, 2012
In a later tweet, Mark Deeks corrects himself by adding Tim Duncan to the no-trade clause list that includes Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and Dirk Nowitzki. Although the third year is partially non-guaranteed, the no-trade clause in effect insures that KG will retire a Celtic and makes #5 a lock for the rafters.
I mentioned it in an earlier post, but his re-signing in Boston can not be overstated. Not only does it keep us in contention for the length of his contract, but it keeps him on faculty to help teach guys like Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo what being a Celtic is all about. Of the formerly Big Four, no player bridges the gap between Celtic mystique and young players better than KG. Paul Pierce has been here his entire career, but Garnett--it seems--is much more vocal about Celtic pride.