Kevin Garnett trade rumors are available in abundance, but that doesn't mean the Boston Celtics will trade him before the Feb. 21 deadline. It also doesn't mean that the All-Star forward would even allow a trade to go through. As reported by ESPN on Sunday (Feb. 17), Garnett has stated that he has no intention to waive the no-trade clause that his contract possesses.
While talking to reporters at the All-Star festivities, Garnett stated that, "If it's up to me, I'm going to live and die green." He is, of course, referencing the Celtics green and that he would prefer to play out his current contract in Boston. Garnett still has two years left on his $36 million extension, so he could potentially play it out and give Boston continued veteran leadership.
This is the position that Garnett and his agent must have felt was coming, as he has one of only four no-trade clauses in the entire league. It is a very valuable commodity, as seen by all of the superstar players that have been parts of recent trades. With the Celtics roster getting older, general manager Danny Ainge has been trying to gauge the trade value of his players, even if it is only to figure out how strong his team will be in the long-term.
Though there are sure to be more Kevin Garnett trade rumors popping up in the next week or so, it is about as clear as any situation in the league that the Boston Celtics won't be trading him. The team is playing really well recently anyways and with a few more wins could escape a first-round match-up with either the Miami Heat or New York Knicks in the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
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