My readers always are thinking. For example, Caleb Lei.
Lei came up with a trade idea, I told him it didn’t work financially, so he went back to the drawing board, and together we found a trade that works. Definitely financially, perhaps for both teams’ future as well.
The Celtics trade Kevin Garnett to the Thunder for Kendrick Perkins, Perry Jones, Daniel Orton, the 12th overall pick in the draft this week and the Eric Maynor trade exception.
According to the NBA Trade Machine, the trade benefits the Thunder by six games. Basically, swapping Garnett for Perk would cost the Celtics six wins. That’s a lot of wins for one non-superstar, which Garnett no longer is. But it might be close.
Garnett might not be the premier interior defender he once was, but he’s still solid. Might not be as good of a post defender as is Perkins, but Garnett’s offense more than makes up for that.
So why would Boston do such a deal? With Doc Rivers flying the coop to the Clippers, the Celtics are in total rebuilding mode. Garnett could be dealt or might even retire. Paul Pierce could be bought out of his contract for $5 million and set free.
The Celtics need chips to build for the future, which the first-round pick and the trade exception most definitely are. What’s the difference to Boston between winning 37 and 31 games? You’re better off winning 31; get better lottery balls.
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