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Shira Springer: Jefferson Might Not Be in Garnett Deal

Shira Springer is reporting now on the Boston Globe's website that the latest phase of trade discussions do not include Al Jefferson, but do include Ryan Gomes:

As the trade currently stands, the Celtics would send Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff, and two first-round picks to the Timberwolves for Garnett.

Al Jefferson is not included in the deal at the moment.

It is uncertain how the teams would deal with Garnett's trade clause that calls for a 15 percent salary increase.

If the trade happened, Boston would then have four blue-chippers (Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Al Jefferson) on one roster. Not bad for last season's worst team. Their window to win a title would be short, their salaries would be high, and I'd like to see a point guard in his prime with that talent ... but still, Celtic fans have to be loving this report. (So much, in fact, that I have a hard time believing it's true. I'd be shocked if this deal ends up happening without Al Jefferson.)

UPDATE: That was quick! Less than an hour after posting the original story, Springer updates with news that Jefferson is back in the deal.

UPDATE: The Boston Herald is saying it's essentially done, while ESPN's Marc Stein is more cautious.

UPDATE: Rick Alonzo of the Pioneer Press reports:

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.
"I can confirm we're talking, sure," Ainge told the Pioneer Press. "We're in discussions about K.G."

Ainge declined to discuss details of the talks, including which Celtics players might be involved in a trade for Garnett or how close the Celtics and Wolves might be to completing a deal. But the teams were reportedly close to a deal last month that would have included young forward Al Jefferson, and Celtics veteran Theo Ratliff has a salary-cap friendly contract that could be included.

"I'm sure we're one of a few teams that are in discussions with the Timberwolves," Ainge 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."

UPDATE: More detail now from the Globe's Shira Springer.

UPDATE: The Associated Press cites an anonymous Celtics official saying Garnett will be a Celtic, but there are still details to work out:

Kevin Garnett is leaving Minnesota after the Boston Celtics agreed to acquire the All-Star forward in a multiplayer trade with the Timberwolves, a Celtics official told The Associated Press on Monday.

Among the players who could be headed to Minnesota are forward Al Jefferson, guard Sebastian Telfair, swingman Gerald Green and center Theo Ratliff, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been completed. The official also said the Timberwolves would get at least one draft choice.

The teams "ran into a few things that need clarification" in the players' contracts, but the official said that would not keep the Celtics from acquiring Garnett, although there could be a change in the players ticketed for the Timberwolves.

There was a "50-50" chance that a conference call announcing the trade would be held Monday, the official said.

UPDATE: Marc Stein with everything you could want to know about Garnett's trade kicker, which is a key factor in these talks. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald says that kicker is now the only remaining obstacle.