Jun 26 2013, 10:36pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Nets general manager Billy King inquired about Garnett's desire to join Deron Williams in Brooklyn. King didn't get an answer due to the uncertain situation in Boston.
Garnett, 37, has a no-trade clause in his contract, which he vowed not to waive last season, per Bondy. The Celtics situation changed following a first-round loss to the New York Knicks, with Boston general manager Danny Ainge committing to rebuilding and Doc Rivers leaving for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York says, "KG is a future Hall of Famer power forward who still has plenty of talent and would bring leadership and toughness to a team that was thought to be lacking in both of those areas last season."
However, Mazzeo cites the Celtics' refusal to give the Nets permission to talk to Doc Rivers for their prior head coaching vacancy. Mazzeo raises the question of why the Celtics would ever trade Garnett, one of the faces of the franchise, to Brooklyn.
Bondy also agrees with this assessment. In his words, "it's an unlikely pairing given the obstacles." Not only is it still unclear whether Garnett will join the Nets, there's also the difficulty of having to negotiate an inter-division trade - an assessment consistent with Mazzeo's.
Bondy emphasizes it came as no surprise King tried to reach out to the Celtics for Garnett, citing Brooklyn's need for a power forward and Garnett being the Nets' longshot free-agent target last summer.
Garnett played in his 18th NBA season in 2012-13, averaging 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 68 games with the Celtics, per ESPN stats.
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