Celtics to get Garnett?
It's widely reported that the Celtics are getting close to trading, finally, for Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Celtics have to clear out their roster to get this deal done (reportedly, trading Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes, and 2 draft picks -- wow!).
The Celtics will then have three All-Star caliber players -- Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen. Their other two starters are likely to be Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins. They'll also have Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Tony Allen, among others. They quickly become much more of a veteran team. They'll have a decent chance of making it to the NBA Finals from the still-weak East.
They'll also probably be over the salary cap. And, they'll only do this deal if they get Garnett to commit to a few more years on his contract, meaning that they'll be in salary cap purgatory for a while. So, they'll have to win with these stars and a bunch of role players and/or young players.
I love this deal. I don't like seeing Jefferson go. But, only because some day he may become as good as Kevin Garnett. I don't see him ever being better than Garnett, and never as good as Garnett defensively. Al is significantly younger, but Garnett isn't yet that old. So, this trio should keep the Celtics competitive for 5 years or so. That's a heck of a lot better than more years waiting for the kids to mature.
Update: I was wrong when I mentioned Delonte West as still being on the Celtics when I wrote this originally. Delonte was traded to Seattle as part of the Allen Ray deal. I updated the text above. Beyond their Top Trio (can't say Big Three as a long-time Celtics fan), the Celtics are pretty thin.