Tuesday, June 19, 2007

F Kobe, I want KG

From the Boston Herald –

Celtics director of basketball operations Danny Ainge acknowledged yesterday that he has talked with the Minnesota Timberwolves about a potential trade for Kevin Garnett. However, Ainge refused to comment about a published report that had the Celts shipping Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and the fifth pick in next week’s NBA draft for the All-Star forward.

Throw in Gomes and Leon Powe, keep Telfair and maybe I’d do that.

But seems like Gordon, Noce, Duhon, Krappy and the #9 is a lot better deal. Obviously you sign Noce and Ben to extensions before the swap. Too much?

So Bulls trot out B. Wallace, KG, Deng, Sefo, Kirk – Ty and Griff off the bench. Hopefully, P.J. comes back and the two second-rounders can contribute. Could Barrett be ready for ten minutes a game next year? He looked great in the pre-season, maybe Pax thinks he can step up and this is further reason to trade Duhon.

Minny trots out -

Foye, Gordon, Noce, Hawes with #9 and Noah with #11

Duhon, Krappy, Ricky Davis, Blount, McCants, Juwan Howard

Could be a deep, running team?

But Minny needs bigs, so in some ways the Bulls are the wrong team to swap with. And they have so many bad contracts – Jaric had 4/$28M left, Hudson 3/$18M, Hassell 3/$12.5M, Blount 3/$23M. They’re going to pay Eddie Griffin and Maddog a combined $5.5 next year to do nothing. McHale should really be fired as GM. If I were Minny I would make a team take at least one of those bad contracts with KG.

So what if the Celtics gave up Big Al, #5, GG, Powe, Ratliff and Wally for KG, McCants and Jaric. Minny could be awesome in three years (a great young core and tons of cap space) and the Celts have a lot more cap flexibility to bring in a mid-level guy this year.


Blogger BenGo07 said...

Too much? Are you crazy?! Gordon, Noce, the Nine and some crappy bench guys aren't even close to being enough if the Celts are offering Jefferson and the #5 pick. Only one of those guys (Gordon) is a legit starter, and some even question whether he should come off the bench. Meanwhile, Jefferson is a young, nice post-scoring rebounder, which as, we know, is pretty damn hard to find.

If the Bulls want KG, they have to throw in Tyrus and maybe even Thabo, as well as one out of BenGo, Kirk, or Deng. To expect Minnesota to go for anything less than that is dreaming, I'd say.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Big Sweet said...

I'd second that. The TWolves have held KG a long time and it's going to take a pretty penny. we know Du and Noce ain't that pretty.

12:19 AM  
Blogger BenGo07 said...

In fairness to the Coach, though, the Sun Times' John Jackson agrees with him:

"What would the Bulls be willing to offer? That remains to be seen, but it's safe to say Deng is off the table. Although they probably would be willing to give up Ben Gordon or Thomas, including both in a trade is unlikely."


2:04 PM  
Anonymous Car Insurance Phoenix, Prescott said...

I don't think Ainge is a particularly good GM. Even if he did receive Garnett he would likely give up so much that it would tie the Celtics hands for a very long time. Personally I miss the Larry Bird/Parish/McHale days.

9:14 PM  

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