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Kevin Garnett for Who?

by james on December 31st, 2007

NBA Obsessed takes you into the hit and run game of NBA Basketball.

Kevin asks: Al Who?

Kevin Garnett  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski )A friend of mine asked me the other day what the Celtics gave up for Kevin Garnett? Yes, your intrepid author has friends.

Before my friend could hear my answer, he exclaimed that Boston got Garnett for nothing. They just gave up a bunch of junk.

He asked me again, so who did Boston give up?

My reply was Al Jefferson.


Al Jefferson, he is a young player and is going to be a great player in this league for years. Believe me, Boston did not want to give him up.

The original trade reads like this:

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired 10-time All-Star and 2004 MVP Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, a 2009 first round draft pick (top three protected) and a return of Minnesota’s conditional first round draft pick previously obtained in the Ricky Davis-Wally Szczerbiak trade. Minnesota also receives cash considerations in the deal. source


The conversation kind of ended right there, but now Al Jefferson has a chance to get voted on to the All Star team and deserves it.

Al Jefferson, Minnesota
Averages: 20.3 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 1.5 APG; Total PRA: 34.1
Breakdown: Replacing Kevin Garnett is no easy task, but Big Al is working hard in Minnesota. Taking advantage of a post-centric offense, Jefferson’s averaging more than 20 points per game for the first time in his career, and rebounding at a rate that proves he’s hungry like a (Timber)wolf. source

Only one problem for Al Jefferson. He has to beat out Tim Duncan, Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, and Dirk Nowitzki.

There is no Who with any of those guys.

NBA Basketball Fan Question Will you be casting a sympathy vote for Al Jefferson?

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2 opinions for Kevin Garnett for Who?

  • angelo
    Jan 1, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Celtics fans were so fed up with losing that Danny Ainge had to make the choice of winning now rather than later. Thus he traded a bunch of promising young guys who could have made the team look pretty good in a few years for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Al Jefferson will be huge for the T’Wolves especially when the team gets a few more pieces and Gerald Green showed a lot of promise but he just isn’t getting the PT to shine.

    I’m not saying Ainge shouldn’t have pulled the trigger on those deals since the Celtics are doing a really good job but I definitely think they gave up some really nice talent to give the T’Wolves a great foundation for rebuilding the team. Definitely not “nothing” to me.

  • james
    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Unfortunately the Twolves have shown a propensity to waste talent. Will that small market team surround those players with enough to win?

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