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Report: Clippers trying to pry Kevin Garnett from Celtics

By Zach Harper | NBA writer
Kevin Garnett could be traded if he wants to be. (Getty Images)

If Kevin Garnett wants to flee the injured Boston Celtics and chase a ring in the Western Conference, he'll reportedly have that opportunity with the Los Angeles Clippers. With Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger both out for the season now, teams are swooping in to try to pry Garnett away for a run at the title.

According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Clippers are offering a Rondo replacement and a veteran presence for KG.

Two potential issues with this:

1) The Celtics always seem to think they have a chance at winning the title, even if it doesn't look like they can turn regular season malaise into postseason success.

2) Garnett has a no-trade clause and doesn't have to go anywhere he doesn't want to go.

Also, you have to wonder how much KG would want to come off the bench for the Clippers or if they'd be able to talk DeAndre Jordan, who has had the best season of his career, into coming off the bench. Garnett would be a lot deadlier than Jordan in the sixth man role, but keeping team chemistry would be key.

For Boston's side of it, is the addition of Eric Bledsoe enough to entice them to blow it all up? Would they try to hold out for Bledsoe and Jordan instead of acquiring Caron Butler, who plays the same position as Paul Pierce? And if they did send Garnett to a different team, would Pierce be traded away shortly after as they go for a full-on rebuilding mode?

The tricky part with adding Bledsoe is you have to either believe Rondo isn't going to be able to come back from this injury in the next two years or you have to think they can play together in the backcourt. A backcourt of Bledsoe and Avery Bradley would be incredible for setting the tone defensively but without an anchor like KG on board, would it even matter?

There's a lot for Boston to consider in the coming weeks before the trade deadline.

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