The Big Ticket may soon receive a ticket out of Boston. Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers seem to be a tandem that seeks to stay together. If Kevin leaves Boston it will be with coach Doc Rivers. If Rivers stays than Garnett will stay.
On Tuesday June 18, ESPN reported that the Los Angeles Clippers had walked away from a possible trade with the Celtics, but less than 24 hours later, the Celts and Clips appear to be talking again.
Garnett's likely lone destination is the Clippers as he has a no-trade clause and will waive it if means going to Hollywood, but reports are he has no interest in playing for another team other than the Clippers and Celtics.
Below we break down a possible fake trade.
The chart below shows the acquisitions of each team.
|Boston Celtics||Los Angeles Clippers||Indiana Pacers|
|Danny Granger (Indiana)||Kevin Garnett (Boston)||Jason Terry (Boston)|
|DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles) ||Doc Rivers (Boston)||Avery Bradely (Boston)|
|Eric Bledsoe (Los Angeles)||Orlando Johnson (Indiana)||2nd round pick in 2016 (Boston from Brooklyn)|
|1st round pick in 2015 (Los Angeles)|
|1st round pick in 2016 (Los Angeles)|
|2nd round pick in 2014 (Los Angeles)|
Boston gets to revamp their roster with quality talent. Bledsoe would start the season playing point guard because of Rajon Rondo's knee injury, but could play some shooting guard when he comes back or instead move to the sixth man role. Jordan would be the team's new starting center and a quality defensive presence in the paint. Watch as Jordan disrupts the Warriors offense and blocks a career high eight shots.
Boston would also receive Danny Granger from Indiana. Granger seldom saw court action this past season due to injuries and with the emergence of Lance Stephenson and Paul George, the Pacers need to keep Granger decreases. Granger is a very lethal scorer and one of the better small forwards in the league. In turn, the Celtics would likely try to trade Paul Pierce to another team, possibly the Clippers or resort to buying him out for five million dollars.
If Pierce moves on the Celtics would resort to playing a lineup consisting of Rondo, Bledsoe, Jeff Green, Granger, and DeAndre Jordan which would be a productive small-ball lineup, not to mention incredibly fun to watch. Boston also receives two first round draft picks. In this deal the picks would be for future drafts as next years draft projects to be similar to the LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh draft of 2003.
The Clippers receive Garnett and the coach they desperately want. Garnett is still one of the best post and paint defenders in the NBA and loves playing under Doc Rivers. The Clippers love Rivers and many of the teams past struggles were due to former coach Vinny Del Negro's lack of offensive system and struggle to make proper adjustments on the fly. The Clippers would be built to contend next season with a starting lineup of Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler, Blake Griffin and Kevin Garnett.
The Clippers would also have a chance to acquire Paul Pierce if the Celtics decide that they want to revamp their entire roster and rebuild without Pierce. That would make Caron Butler expendable and possible trade bait in another deal.
The Pacers desperately need quality bench players and help in the backcourt. They receive both in this deal. Bradley is one of the best defenders in the NBA and is a pest to bring the ball up against. Watch this Bradley defensive montage:
Both Bradley and Terry would likely come off the bench and be the leaders of what could be a very lethal second unit. With the emergence of Paul George and Lance Stephenson, Granger is expandable and the need for quality bench players is filled with this deal.