Kevin Garnett essentially blocked the Clippers trade

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Chris Paul reached out to Kevin Garnett to make the deal happen but KG declined.

An interesting (and not all that surprising) twist in yesterday's events. Turns out that KG's loyalty (and no-trade clause) are why he's still in Boston.

Celts catch Crawford | Boston Herald

According to several accounts, though, talk between Ainge and the Clippers continued right up until the final hours yesterday. Garnett said during All-Star weekend that he would not waive his no-trade clause, and held true to his vow despite added pressure from Clippers guard Chris Paul. According to a league source, Paul called Garnett and said that if he was open to joining the Clippers, then Paul would make it happen. Garnett, though, declined, expressing a desire to remain a Celtic.

If you were in the blow it up group, don't blame Ainge (well, at least not for his deadline efforts). This was all KG wanting to stay here and ride it out with this group.

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