As we await Kevin Garnett’s decision about whether or not he will play a 7th season with the Boston Celtics, an important physical limitation has been avoided for the big man. After laboring through the last couple months of the season with a foot/ankle injury, which caused him to miss much of the regular season, surgery for Garnett appeared imminient in the offseason on the ailment.
Now according to a report from Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald, Garnett will able to heal the bone spurs with the aid of rest and recuperation:
The Celtics still don’t know whether Kevin Garnett will be playing basketball next season, but if he does, the veteran is obviously hoping offseason rest will solve the left foot and ankle problems that dogged him for a part of this past season.
President of basketball operations Danny Ainge reports that Garnett will not go under the knife to deal with bone spurs and other issues.
“I think there was some question whether he was going to have surgery on his foot,” said Ainge. “but the last I heard, which was a few days ago, is that he won’t need surgery.”
Ainge reiterated yesterday, as the workout portion of the NBA combine concluded, that the Celts are giving Garnett time to weigh his career options. This follows the club’s own need for time to see what type of roster it may be able to put around the big man, who turns 37 tomorrow.
So what can we expect out of Garnett moving forward?
Based on his comments after the Celtics’ elimination, I’m still of the mind that we will say KG in Boston next year, although a lot of that would be reliant on Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers returning as well. I just don’t see the motivation for KG to start over somewhere at this point in his career, or stay the course in Boston without Pierce besides him. I don’t see how the C’s are a better team next year without PP (despite his awful playoff performance) and I have the feeling KG is of the same mind.
Kevin’s voice should have a say in what route Ainge is willing to pursue next. He’s not going to trade Paul away for nothing if it means KG is gone too. How much sway that will have on the C’s moves though remains to be seen.