Monday, July 30, 2007

Garnett "more open to opportunities"

From Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press:
Boston Celtics executive Danny Ainge said Monday morning that he is involved in trade discussions to acquire Timberwolves all-star Kevin Garnett. And Garnett is more open to a trade than he's been in the past, his agent said...

Andy Miller, Garnett's agent, said the face of the Wolves franchise is aware of the trade talks.

"I think that he's more open to opportunities in general than he was the first time he heard his name being mentioned in a trade," Miller told the Pioneer Press. "At this point, he's looking at it from a different perspective."

Miller also said:
"Everything that had gone on in the past probably was an awakening for him," Miller said. "He's fiercely loyal, as I've said before. He loves the team and the organization and the state of Minnesota and the fans. But I think everything that happened over the last two months probably was more of an awakening that Minnesota is looking to move in a different direction and it's time for him to look at his options, as well."

From Shira Springer/Boston Globe:
The Celtics and the Timberwolves could reach agreement on a deal that would bring Kevin Garnett to Boston as early as this afternoon, according to league sources. Executive director of basketball operations/GM Danny Ainge would send Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff and Sebastian Telfair to Minnesota in exchange for Garnett. But as of this morning, there still remained issues on the table to negotiate, not least of which is the player option worth $24 million that Garnett holds for the 2008-09 season.

From Jeff Goodman/Fox Sports:
One source said that there could be an official announcement as early as Monday. However, Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said that nothing had been scheduled as of 12 p.m. ET, but that Ainge told him "discussions are still ongoing and it hasn't quite gotten to that point."

According to one source, T-Wolves Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale wanted Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. However, Celtics boss Danny Ainge held out from trading Rondo...

From Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald:
Sources this morning are confirming that the Celtics’ deal for Kevin Garnett is essentially completed.

One involved source said the final package will have the Celts sending Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and a No. 1 pick to Minnesota to acquire Garnett.

Further word is that the Celts and Garnett have reached an agreement in principle on a contract extension...

From Loy's Place:
WEEI is reporting that the deal is Al, Green, Telfair and Ratliff. The sticking point now is the contract extension for Garnett.

From Bill Ingram/HoopsWorld:
The latest rumor - Boston sending Theo Ratliff, Al Jefferson, and Rajon Rondo to Minnesota - is simply a way to clean house. Jefferson is an emerging talent, but Ratliff has basically been pretending to be hurt so he can collect insurance money. It's his expiring contract, not his expiring NBA career, that the Timberwolves are interested in.