Report: Kevin Garnett Told by Chris Paul That He Could Make Trade to Clippers Happen, But Garnett Said No

Everyone listen close now: This man bleeds green! While Kevin Garnett was emphatic in the days leading up to the NBA trade deadline that he did not want to play for anyone but Boston, that didn’t keep other teams from trying to make a move for him. That included the Clippers, who were among the prime trade partners, with Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan reportedly on the block in exchange for Garnett.

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Wizards trade Jordan Crawford to Celtics for Leandro Barbosa

The Washington Wizards traded guard Jordan Crawford to the Boston Celtics for the expiring contract of Leandro Barbosa, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

With the emergence of first-round pick Bradley Beal as Washington’s starting shooting guard, Crawford’s role diminished and his desire was to be moved elsewhere.
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Report: Celtics Willing to Trade Injured Rajon Rondo If They Can Find ‘Right Trade’

Rajon Rondo is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, but apparently that won’t stop the Celtics from moving their point guard — if they can somehow find a deal they like. That probably won’t be easy, but ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports (via Twitter) that the Celtics would trade their injured point guard if they were able to find the “right trade.” What exactly that means at this point is still unknown. Celtics president Danny Ainge has said that the club probably won’t make any big deals before the deadline, but Boston keeps popping up in reported trade discussions, reportedly involving players like Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Perhaps the Celtics would look to move Rondo as part of a huge, franchise-altering overhaul.

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Nets make offer for Celtics forward Paul Pierce

The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets have discussed a trade for Celtics star Paul Pierce, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Nets’ willingness to a deal centered on forward Kris Humphries, guard MarShon Brooks and a first-round draft pick, but the Celtics want a more substantial package to consider moving Pierce, league sources said.

“The Celtics still highly value Pierce and it wouldn’t make sense to trade him for that kind of a package if they’re keeping Kevin Garnett,” one league source said.

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Celtics Will Also Trade Paul Pierce If They’re Able to Move Kevin Garnett Before Deadline

The Celtics could be headed for a seismic shakeup, and it could be happening very soon. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has a nugget-filled post about the Celtics and their trading prospects with the Thursday trade deadline looming. While he reports a potential deal that would send Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Clippers is dead for now, it could certainly be revitalized. Interestingly, Wojnarowski reports that Chris Paul could play a leading role by going to Clippers management and pleading for the deal to get done. If the Celtics are able to unload Garnett (Wojnarowski seemed to think Garnett would waive his no-trade clause to join the Clippers), it would likely mean the end of the line for Paul Pierce in Boston. “If the Celtics trade Garnett before the deadline,” Wojnarowski wrote, “they would move Pierce, too, sources said. For the Celtics, the chance to get [Eric] Bledsoe and [DeAndre] Jordan could be a prelude to trying to package Pierce in a possible deal to the Atlanta Hawks for Josh Smith, sources said.”

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Celtics must deal, but for what?

While the Celtics were still awaiting final paperwork on a minor move they hope won’t turn out to be so minor (a 10-day contract for Terrence Williams), the club is still working extremely hard to find something else that will support its run over these next few months.

According to one opposing team executive, the Celtics “are one of the more active teams out there talking, but they really don’t have a lot of great options. They don’t have a lot to trade.”

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Might be time for Baby to leave Celtics’ nest

Glen Davis picked an inopportune time to have one of the worst
stretches of his career. Even worse, this forgettable postseason may be
Davis’ final memory with the Celtics [team stats].

Davis will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and clearly
intends to test the market. This postseason was not the best audition,
as Davis shot 39.1 percent and averaged 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds.

“You just can’t base it on just this playoffs,” Davis said. “My whole
body of work, I feel like I can play in this league, I can start in
this league, from my second year when Kevin (Garnett) went down and my
third year playing in the playoffs. This year was my best year. I just
didn’t play well in the playoffs this year. I didn’t get a good rhythm.
Some things happen like that. I don’t think this playoffs hurt me as
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High hopes for seeing more Shaquille O’Neal

Celtics management, as usual, knows better than to make any promises regarding Shaquille O’Neal.
The Big Question Mark played a limited, non-running role in yesterday’s practice, but your guess may be as good as that of Doc Rivers or Danny Ainge when it’s time to handicap O’Neal’s availability for Game 1 in Miami tomorrow.
The coach and the general manager both appear, at the very least, to
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