After not having arisen past 6 a.m. for six months, I slept in until 10 a.m. the past two days. The Boston Celtics’ playoff run — 20 games over 40 days — wore me out. I can only imagine what it did to Kevin Garnett, a 36-year old, 17-year NBA veteran who plays the game of basketball like someone kidnapped his mother and the only way to get her back is to win an NBA championship.
Garnett is pondering retirement. That’s no secret by now. He’s given the NBA everything he had for more than 50,000 minutes. He works out so frequently and with such vigor that Doc Rivers says the union decertification — which caused Garnett to think this season was lost — actually saved Garnett’s season by finally providing him some time to rest. The Big Ticket loves Rivers and loves Boston and loves the mother-fucking jungle, but he might finally want some time to relax. Plus, the Celtics are entering limbo and the only man who knows what their roster will look like next season has long brown hair, died almost 2,000 years ago and was conceived immaculately.
The level of uncertainty could be a problem for Garnett. (Boston Herald)
In this regard, some close to the issue think it’s possible Garnett waits to see how the club plans to shape the roster.
“Kevin’s very loyal, and he hates change,” one source said. “But I think it’d be hard for him to come back if it’s a total rebuild. If he’s going to play, he has to be playing for something.
“I think he’ll wait to see what’s going to happen. If Danny can give him a solid answer right away, then maybe he gives them an answer, too. But KG’s going to want to know who he’ll be playing with.”
The above source also noted that it might be difficult for Garnett to accept the Celtics bringing in a free agent who will make more money and be asked to do less.
If Garnett’s looking for promises, he’s probably not going to receive any. Danny Ainge now has an eye focused solely on the future. He’s come close to trading Paul Pierce before. Think he won’t try again? Ainge has cap space, two first-round draft picks and a few expiring contracts which could be sign-and-traded this summer. He’s going to get creative so the Celtics don’t have to spend next year in limbo, but if he has to, Ainge will settle for next year being a bridge to the future. He’d love either of those scenarios to include Garnett, who obviously still has plenty left in the tank and also serves as a perfect mentor for young players (at least those willing to listen to his advice).
But how can Ainge possibly give Garnett, or anyone else, promises? Boston’s GM enters the offseason with plenty of ideas, but even he doesn’t know exactly where the Celtics are going.