Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty ImagesKevin Garnett and Tim Duncan as teammates? The Spurs can dream, can't they?Call it a welcoming gift to the offseason and a summer of uncertainty. Less than 24 hours after the Boston Celtics were eliminated from the postseason, a report out of San Antonio on Sunday suggested the Spurs would be interested in pairing Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan next season.
From the blog of San Antonio Express-News columnist Buck Harvey:
The Spurs will consider everything and everyone this summer when free agency begins. But one option tossed out this weekend by one in the Spurs organization is not just another name. Kevin Garnett... Some will have more money to offer than the Spurs will. Some might have more young talent to put around him. All the Spurs could give Garnett is the closest thing to what he had in Boston, a veteran core with a chance to contend.
Allow us to save you a summer worth's of aggravation, Celtics fans: There are 29 teams in the league that will covet Kevin Garnett (Maybe the only team that wouldn't is the Minnesota Timberwolves, this after Garnett blasted his former organization this season, and, heck, even that might not stop them).
At some point there will whispers about how the Los Angeles Lakers would love to add Garnett (close to his home in Mailbu!) or maybe how the Miami Heat would be unstoppable if Garnett took a discount to play alongside the Miami Thrice.
Here's the bottom line: If Garnett decides to return to the court next season, Celtics coach Doc Rivers is convinced it will be in Boston. Garnett is fiercely loyal (just ask the Timberwolves) and it's hard to imagine him uprooting at this stage of his career unless he believes the Celtics have no shot at a world title.
Garnett made $21.2 million in the final year of a three-year extension he inked upon being traded to Boston in the summer of 2007. His personal resurgence in the second half of the 2012 season fueled the Celtics on their run to the Eastern Conference finals and would seemingly encourage the 36-year-old Garnett to come back for an 18th season.
It might have also increased his value in a league devoid of quality big men. But the Celtics will have money to spend this summer and, if they decide to keep their core intact, can afford to offer a quality one-year deal that will still maintain salary cap flexibility next offseason (when a larger overhaul would be more likely given available elite talent).
Garnett did not address reporters after Saturday's Game 7 loss in Miami, leaving his future plans unclear and fostering the San Antonio-like speculation.