Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
For every rumor, there's a denial. Who ya gonna believe?
In the interest of providing balanced reporting, I feel it necessary to point out that there are at least a few news outlets that are refuting the rumors of the Clippers interest in Kevin Garnett. Who you believe is up to you.
In the wake of a Sporting News report indicating that the Clippers contacted Boston about the possibility of acquiring the Celtics forward, the person told USA TODAY Sports that there have been no talks between the two teams. The person requested anonymity because of the private nature of trade discussions.
The Clippers are not pursuing Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett despite what has been reported, according to NBA officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Furthermore, the Clippers’ front office has not had any conversations with Boston’s front office about a rumored deal in which L.A. would use back-up point guard Eric Bledsoe and small forward Caron Butler as the centerpieces to acquire Garnett, said the officials.
While the Sporting News reported that officials from both teams talked about a deal before the Celtics beat the Clippers 106-104 on Sunday, sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard that no trade talks have taken place between the teams. There are those within the Clippers organization who are intrigued by the idea of adding Garnett and others who don't like it because of the two years and $23.5 million remaining on his contract after this season, sources told ESPN.
A published report about the Clippers’ willingness to trade Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler for Garnett appears even more of a non-starter. Bledsoe has played so well in the absence of Chris Paul — witness his 23-point, 10-assist, seven-rebound performance during yesterday’s 106-104 Celtics win — that the Clippers are far less inclined to deal him now. Butler is also said to be a non-starter in any trade talk. The Clippers are also committed to avoiding the luxury tax — an apparent dead end, considering the $12.5 million Garnett is earning this season.
Rumor season is all about half-truths, heresay, writer interpretation, and boldfaced outright lies (not pointing fingers, sometimes it is the reporters being lied to).
FYI: Whenever 'reporter' cites "multiple sources" re new trade talk (not just alleged KG-Bledsoe/Butler) BEWARE! 1 legit source hard enough— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) February 5, 2013
So again, take all this with a grain of salt and please don't shoot the messenger.