Multiple reports say the Brooklyn Nets inquired about Kevin Garnett. And why wouldn’t they?
KG is a future Hall of Fame power forward who still has plenty of talent and would bring leadership and toughness to a team that was thought to be lacking in both of those areas last season.
But if the Boston Celtics wouldn’t give the Nets permission to talk to Doc Rivers about their head-coaching vacancy, why would they trade Garnett, one of the faces of the franchise, to Brooklyn?
Obviously, after letting Rivers got to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Celtics seem to be a team in transition.
Still, it seems highly unlikely Boston GM Danny Ainge would deal the 39-year-old Garnett, who still has two years and $24 million remaining on his contract, to an Atlantic Division rival.
The Nets could conceivably give the Celtics a decent package for KG, possibly including Kris Humphries' $12 million expiring contract and a first-round draft pick. The Nets also have an asset in MarShon Brooks, whom sources tell ESPN.com they’re looking to move.
Garnett would be a huge hit with Nets players and fans, as well as the media. Jason Kidd would love to coach him. Then again, what coach wouldn’t?
But given all the factors listed above, it does seem highly unlikely.