Garnett to the Spurs? Don't count on it
After the Boston Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs, a report out of San Antonio on Sunday suggested the Spurs would be interested in pairing Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan next season.
According to Buck Harvey of Spurs Nation, the Spurs will consider everything and everyone this summer when free agency begins. But one option tossed out this weekend by one in the Spurs organization is not just another name.
Kevin Garnett... Some will have more money to offer than the Spurs will. Some might have more young talent to put around him. All the Spurs could give Garnett is the closest thing to what he had in Boston, a veteran core with a chance to contend for another title.
But the reality is there are 29 teams in the league that will covet Garnett once he enters free agency. Some big market teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat will likely go after him.
With Kobe Bryant's continued frustration on Pau Gasol, the Lakers would love to add some likeGarnett, who at age 36 seem to found a new bounce this postseason.
The Heat on the other hand, can offer Garnett perhaps the most talented 'Big Four' in the league should he decide to join LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.
However, if Garnett decides to return to the court next season, Celtics coach Doc Rivers is convinced it will be in Boston. After winning his only NBA title with the Celtics, it's hard to imagine him going to another team at this stage of his career unless he believes Boston have no shot at another crown.
Garnett made $21.2 million in the final year of a three-year extension he inked upon being traded to Boston in the summer of 2007. His personal resurgence in the second half of the 2012 season fueled the Celtics on their run to the Eastern Conference finals and would seemingly encourage him to come back for an 18th season.
Also, the Celtics will have money to spend this summer and, if they decide to keep their core intact, can afford to offer a quality one-year deal while maintaining salary cap flexibility next offseason.
Nevertheless, a tandem of Duncan and Garnett in San Antonio's frontcourt even at this point of their respective careers would be intriguing to say the least.
At the moment, the possibility of Garnett being a Spur is close to none. But if somehow KG considers this option when the free agency starts, San Antonio will surely listen.
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