Thursday, June 21, 2007

Garnett, trade rumors, etc

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune is of the opinion that Kevin McHale "didn't quite squash" the Garnett trade rumors while speaking to the media yesterday.

From Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press:
McHale refuted the notion that listening to offers for Garnett might seem like a change in the franchise's position regarding the availability of its cornerstone. McHale said he always has listened to officials from other teams calling about Garnett, so he doesn't consider this situation different.

"Nothing has really changed," McHale said. "You always listen. Guys call up and say 'We'd like to look at this or that.' You listen. It doesn't go very far, and it hasn't gone very far right now."

From Dime Magazine:
First of all, if anyone can replace everything that Marion does for Phoenix, it’s KG. And just the thought of KG, Amare and Steve Nash on the same team is just insanity. No way that arguably three of the 10 best players in the League should be on one squad.

From Charley Walters/Pioneer Press:
Expanded Timberwolves trade rumor: Kevin Garnett to the Phoenix Suns as part of a three-way deal with the Boston Celtics that would bring the Wolves 6-9 Kurt Thomas from Phoenix and 6-10 Theo Ratliff from Boston, both of whom have contracts that expire after next season. The Suns would send forward Shawn Marion to the Celtics, who would send guard Sebastian Telfair to the Wolves.

The Wolves would get the Celtics' No. 5 overall pick and the Suns' No. 24 overall pick in next week's NBA draft, and keep their No. 7 overall pick. In addition, the second-round conditional pick they owe Boston in the Ricky Davis-Wally Szczerbiak deal would be eliminated.

Jon Krawczynski/AP Sports on Garnett's 2008 opt-out clause:
That has ramped up speculation that he could be on the move, and the possible destinations - many of them completely baseless and unsourced - are popping up all over the place as they always do this time of year.

From Patrick Reusse/Star Tribune:

The Boston trade, unfortunately, figures to be more ESPN speculation than fact. If Garnett does get traded, the logical location remains the Los Angeles Lakers...

From Sid Hartman:
Personally, I would be shocked if the Wolves decided to trade Garnett. I don't think owner Glen Taylor would approve the deal. Can you imagine what would happen to the season-ticket base if they did trade Garnett? It would be a disaster...