Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports have sources indicating the recent Kevin Garnett-to-the-Clippers rumors are more than just idle speculation:
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have been discussing a deal to trade forward Kevin Garnett for guard Eric Bledsoe and center DeAndre Jordan, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. There are differing factions within the Celtics and Clippers on the prudence of the deal, but the two teams have been in regular contact about the possibility, sources said.
Because of his home in Malibu, and a close relationship with Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, there’s hope that Garnett, a 15-time All-Star, could be coaxed into accepting a trade if an agreement is reached, sources said.
For the Celtics, Bledsoe, 23, and Jordan, 24 would give Boston two young players with significant upside to start a revamp of the roster. With Rajon Rondo returning next season from an ACL injury, it’s unclear how the Celtics would proceed, but it could ultimately give them a chance to use a healthy Rondo in trade scenarios.
CelticsHub says: Believe anything Danny Ainge says at this time of year at your own peril. Although he rightly suggests the core of the Celtics — Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett — will probably be untouched over the next week, it’s clear Ainge is willing to do whatever it takes to position this team for a title (now or in the future) and may have checked out on the idea of the current team’s prospects at making a deep run this season. Between this story and the CBS report the C’s and Lakers have discussed a deal centered around Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard, we should assume nobody is safe until the trade deadline passes on Thursday.
It’s nearly impossible to gauge the value of a prospective KG trade until the remaining pieces fall into place. If Garnett is on the move, Pierce, who has no appetite for a rebuild, is probably soon to follow. Rondo may also find himself looking at a new home.
Is any of this going to bear fruit before the 21st? It’s impossible to say. But as Bob Dylan once noted, things should start to get interesting right about now.
UPDATE: Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio also has multiple sources confirming the Celtics-Clippers talks.