There was a flirtation with a deal earlier this month that centered around KG that had Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler, but it looks like Clippers' GM Neil Olshey has sweetened the deal with 24-year-old DeAndre Jordan. A trade that could potentially net two emerging young stars would have to give Danny Ainge pause as the team teeters between championship contention and a rebuild--especially without Rondo, Sullinger, and Barbosa for the rest of the year--but ultimately, the likelihood of this deal still rests with KG. With a no-trade clause in his contract, he could nix it.
Vinny Del Negro wants KG, willing to give Bledsoe/Jordan for him. Clips front office totally against the move. Front office has final say.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 16, 2013
If Boston wants WGreen, RTuriaf & C Butler, sure the Clips front office will take KG, but not for Bled & Jordan.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 16, 2013
Of course VDN wants to make this deal. The Clippers have rich man problems right now. They have a wealth of depth and adding KG gives them that playoff pedigree and swagger that can put them over the top. For Boston and Garnett, it's a tough spot for sure: KG's loyalty would truly be tested here. As far as Danny's concerned, he's done his job. The burden of this decision is squarely on KG's shoulders. Does he chase another ring with his good friend Chauncey Billups from the comfort of his Malibu summer home, knowing that the organization that he bleeds green for is set up for the future or does he stay true to the words he said today and retire a Celtic? Listening to KG today, I really think he cares more about his legacy as a Celtic than he does another chance at a championship.
We're only hearing about this new rumor tonight, but I have a hunch KG knew about this possibility all along and has probably had conversations with Danny since Rajon went down with the ACL tear. It was always that second part of that "this will be my last All Star Game" quote that struck me as strange. "Y'all don't know what I know." As far as I can tell, nobody asked him today, "what do you know what we don't know, Kevin?"
Stay tuned. This is going to be an interesting All Star Weekend.