Winners & Losers In The Kevin Garnett Trade Featuring K.G., Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, L.A. Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Kevin McHale, & Danny Ainge
A super-trade, like the one the Wolves and Celtics have reportedly completed for Garnett, influences the landscape of the entire league. The fates of players, fans, general managers, and entire teams change with this deal. So who wins and loses with Garnett heading to Boston? … Click here for this story …
The Associated Press reports that Kevin Garnett has officially been traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Boston Celtics:
Kevin Garnett is leaving
after the Boston Celtics agreed to acquire the all-star forward in a multi-player trade with the Timberwolves, a Celtics official told The Associated Press on Monday. Minnesota
The official also said the Timberwolves would get at least one draft choice.
The teams still had some things to clarify with 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.
My Quick Take: Blockbuster trades are complicated. A mega-deal, like the one the Wolves and Celtics completed, influences the landscape of the entire league. The fates of players, fans, general managers, and teams all change with such a massive transaction taking place.
Instead of examining Telfair and Green’s impact, we have analyzed who wins and loses with Garnett heading to
Kevin Garnett: The Big Ticket is a basketball historian, so he gets what it means to play for the storied Boston Celtics. With this trade, Garnett has been freed from obscurity and dropped in a basketball mecca, where the spotlight will rest firmly on his shoulders. Great players should relish these circumstances.
The NBA: The league wins in a couple of ways. First, they get a break from all the negative press surrounding the Donaghy scandal. Second, the NBA thrives when fans are interested in historic teams. And fans will be interested in watching Garnett suit up for the Celtics.
Danny Ainge: A few months ago,
The Eastern Conference Contenders:
Kevin McHale: He kept his job because the team’s owner didn’t want a new GM to deal with the public backlash from a Garnett trade. And McHale actually got a decent return for Garnett. However, one trade doesn’t make up for years of ineptitude, so McHale will make way for Fred Hoiberg to assume the GM duties.
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