Archive for July, 2007

We Love KG
July 31, 2007

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Kevin GarnettMan… that KG is an easy guy to like.  Not only is he awesome… we’re going to be looking forward to some pretty honest and compelling stuff from him off the court.  This guy is going to be one hell of a lift. 

By the way… how awesome is the sight of those three guys holding up Celtics jerseys? (Watch the video clip) I admit it.  I’m giddy.  Amazing for a guy who wrote “Danny, Don’t Do This Deal.”  I guess we’ll just deal with our barren bench later. 

And besides… he’s a huge Red Sox fan.  Expect him to throw out a first pitch soon.  I’d bet it’s tomorrow.

Here are the excerpts from the Garnett news conference (KG’s introduction and the Q&A).  He took some veiled shots at the TWolves… and Danny said “we’re not done” once again… but he has no choice now.  The roster is still 3 guys short of the minimum.

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Pierce and Allen Will Be There
July 31, 2007

We’ll post the link for the Kevin Garnett news conference right here once it’s hot.

This just in from WBZ TV… Ray Allen and Paul Pierce will join KG on the podium at the Garden… so we’ll hear from our new “Big 3” today.

** UPDATE**  

(if you’ve been watching this like we have… welcome to the world of news conference.  We got word at 6 that he was ready to come out… it’s currently 6:31… tick tock people… )

HERE’S THE LINK FOR THE LIVE GARNETT NEWS CONFERENCE

Official KG Announcement TODAY!
July 31, 2007

WBZ TV is reporting that the Celtics will officially announce the Kevin Garnett deal in a news conference sometime between 5 and 6 pm.  We will have a link to the live stream of the news conference.  Check back around 5 for that.

*** UPDATE***

The news conference is expected at 6pm now.  Confirmation of the deal on ESPN and the Herald

A league source just confirmed that the Celtics and Timberwolves have finalized a deal that will bring Kevin Garnett to Boston in exchange for Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and two first round draft picks.

After the jump, you’ll find the official announcement of the deal from the Minnesota Timberwolves

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Time To Kick Some Ass
July 31, 2007

You can call it confidence.

You can call it swagger.

I call it time to kick some NBA ass.  And Scott Souza has me fired up right now… because he talked to Ray Allen.  And Ray Allen talked to Paul Pierce.  And Ray and Paul are ready to knock some heads around… and that was BEFORE the KG deal. Here’s what Ray Ray said:  

“One thing that he said that stood out, and we all talk about this, is the swagger we have as NBA players where we feel so unstoppable and invincible. But when you lose, you lose that. He said one of the things we need to get is our swagger back.

“He said: ‘I haven’t had my swagger for a long time.’

“I said: ‘Yeah, me neither.’

“Between the two of us we’ll definitely get that energy and confidence off of each other.”

I still think our bench will be way too thin after this deal… but I’m really starting to agree with Bill Simmons on this.  You’ve got 3 guys who have spent a LOOONG time in the NBA getting nowhere.  I think if they all just look at each other and say “look… we’ve got 3 years together.  We’re all filthy rich… let’s just do this thing and get our rings.”  Is it too much to think they’ll get more out of guys who are here?  Won’t playing next to KG make Big Baby better than he is on his own?  Won’t playing with Paul and Ray make Pruitt better than he is on his own? 

KG: The Reaction
July 31, 2007

Kevin Garnett in a Celtics JerseyThere are a million people reacting to the KG deal.  A lot of us have said what we want to say… but I just want to be clear about my reaction.  I didn’t want this deal done… not because I have anything bad to say about KG.  I’m beyond psyched to have this guy here.  My problem with the deal is that, if the reports are true (or if you prefer… this is the Herald’s version), we gave up too much.  I’m simply afraid that it might cost us.  It’s possible the bench we have will be enough… but a lot of guys will have to step up.  They might… they might not.  But even after picking up KG, we still have questions.  Adding a guy like that should end the questions… not create new ones.

Before the links:  Mark Stein explains how KG’s contract works

Onto the links:  Jackie MacMullan Loves It  |  Callahan: C’s now a favorite topic  |  Bulpett: Winning is what really makes you relevant  |  Souza: This will define Ainge era  |  Simmons: McHale is still delivering for the Celtics  |  SI: McHale ends KG era with a whimper  |  Hollinger (insider): Trade leaves C’s too thin  |  Camerato: Who’s left after the deal?  |  Chicago Tribune: Wolves passed on better deals  |  Orlando Sentinel: Balance of power shifting  |  AZ Central: KG deal good for the Suns 

And finally… the most negative reaction you’ll read about this trade… courtesy of PerkIsABeast.com:

The worst trade in the history of the Boston Celtics is coming. Call it the anti Parish/Mchale for Joe Barry Carroll trade. Call it Hershell Walker part two. Call it whatever you want, except good for the Boston Celtics.

This is a disaster of epic proportions for the Boston Celtics and the smart fans should know it. Even if right now they’re having failed delusions of grandeur.  

And it goes on.  It’s safe to say… they don’t like the deal.

Matty G: Don’t Love it… Don’t Hate It
July 31, 2007

Kevin Garnett in a Celtics uniformJust when you thought it was safe to go to sit back and relax in Celtics Nation…
When Kevin Garnett does in fact come to Boston, it’s not going be the worst thing in the world. It takes two and a half stars to win in the NBA, so mixing Garnett with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen is just crazy enough to work. But there is still the bitter taste from sending away Al Jefferson that leaves me feeling disappointed and worried. The depression that I will have over losing Ryan Gomes would be far too deep to talk about. I don’t hate the deal, but at the same time, I don’t love it. So I guess I will feel somewhat happy when the season starts in November. Which is a huge improvement from the way a lot felt last season.

Don’t Hate It

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A Matter Of Math
July 30, 2007

Kevin Garnett WILL be a member of the Boston Celtics. According to the Herald, all that’s left is the finessing of a few numbers:

The last sticking point in the Celtic-Minnesota deal has been identified, and the sides were working this afternoon to clear that final hurdle. The bottom line is that the deal will get done.

According to sources, the Celts are trying to finesse the finances on Kevin Garnett’s trade kicker and extension to avoid the luxury tax, and it is in the best interest of both the team and the player to do so.

The Celtics would obviously like to avoid paying the dollar for dollar tax that goes into effect when a team’s payroll exceeds $67.865 million. Considering the combined salaries of Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen and the fact the Celts will need to add players to fill out their roster after the 5 for 1 move, the club could easily be headed over that mark if it doesn’t tame the numbers on Garnett’s contract.

From Garnett’s standpoint, it would behoove him to work with the Celts on this because it could help the club bring in better role players to put around him, thus increasing the chance of success.

Also, the deal remains pretty much as reported earlier, with Al Jefferson (the key all along for Minnesota), Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair and Theo Ratliff heading to the Timberwolves. The Celts will also send their 2009 first round pick and allow Minnesota to keep the pick it owed Boston from the Ricky Davis-Wally Szczerbiak et al trade.

*** update ***

Hoopsworld says the C’s have reached a 3 year extension for $60 million with KG.   There is still some question as to whether Ryan Gomes is involved in this deal or not.  Some reports have him in… some don’t.

Celtics, Wolves Agree In Principal
July 30, 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen… it appears that this deal WILL happen.  According to the Associated Press: (updated with more AP information)

BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Garnett is leaving Minnesota after the Boston Celtics agreed to acquire the All-Star forward in a multiplayer trade with the Timberwolves, a Celtics official told The Associated Press on Monday.
Among the players who could be headed to Minnesota are forward Al Jefferson, guard Sebastian Telfair, swingman Gerald Green and center Theo Ratliff, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been completed. The official also said the Timberwolves would get at least one draft choice.
The teams “ran into a few things that need clarification” in the players’ contracts, but the official said that would not keep the Celtics from acquiring Garnett, although there could be a change in the players ticketed for the Timberwolves.
There was a “50-50” chance that a conference call announcing the trade would be held Monday, the official said.
Garnett, 31, has spent all 12 of his NBA seasons with Minnesota. He would get an extension of his contract, which has one year plus an option year remaining, the official said.
The Celtics had tried to get Garnett late last month but his agent said he didn’t want to go to Boston.
Since then, Boston acquired seven-time all-star guard Ray Allen from Seattle in a draft day deal. They still have Paul Pierce. Adding Garnett would make the Celtics, who were 24-58 last season, an instant contender in the mediocre Atlantic Division, although they’d have to part with promising forward Jefferson.
The Celtics obtained Allen and the 35th pick of the draft for guards Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak and forward Jeff Green of Georgetown, whom they drafted with the fifth pick.
The Celtics have won just three playoff series during Pierce’s nine years with them. They still have an NBA record 16 championships but none since 1986.
“They have no excuses, this team out there,” Danny Ainge, the executive director of basketball operations, said after Allen was acquired.
Pierce, 29, led the Celtics in scoring last season but played only 47 games because of injury.
Allen, who turns 32 next month, averaged a career-high 26.4 points last season, his 11th, but underwent surgery to remove bone spurs on both ankles that required him to wear protective boots. He is expected to be ready for training camp.

Nice catch by Matty G here:  Notice no Ryan Gomes mention.  I wonder if this means Ryan is sticking around.  Garnett can still nix this trade if he wants.

Danny: Don’t Do This Deal
July 30, 2007

I’ve spent all day trying to digest the details of this trade… and I’m fully prepared to officially say:  I don’t like it.

Yes, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are a formidable trio.  They would be the 21st century version of “The Big 3”.  But let’s not forget one HUGE thing about The Big 3.  They had guys like Dennis Johnson around.  They had Danny Ainge on the perimeter to hit shots.  They had Bill Walton coming off the bench.  The Big 3 was obviously great… but they never did it all themselves.  (more after the jump) (more…)

Shira Screwed Up
July 30, 2007

Thanks Shira Springer for getting our hopes up.  Looks like she was wrong about Jefferson not being in the mix:

As the trade currently stands, the Celtics would send Jefferson, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff, and two first-round picks to the Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett

Ooops.  Now it looks like the Celtics are giving up half their roster to get KG.  Also developing… there were some media outlets (like the Herald) who said the deal is done and an annoucement could come as soon as today.  Now… we’re starting to hear otherwise.  Shira says there’s no timetable… which makes me wonder if talks are dying down.

Regardless… Sports Illustrated says this trade would make the C’s an instant contender.