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One reason (Doc) Rivers brought in Saunders was his great relationship with Kevin Garnett. And Saunders said that KG played like he did with the Wolves in 2003-04, when he was named league MVP.
"I remember when we drafted KG [in 1995], we said to him his first year, we played him as a small forward and I told him you're going to be an All-Pro player as a power forward but you're probably going to end your career as a center," Saunders said. "And with Garnett playing center, the Celtics after the All-Star break had the third-best record in the NBA."
Garnett really showed great strength at center in the postseason, averaging 19.2 points -- his highest playoff average since 2007-08 -- and 10.3 rebounds per game.
Saunders is positive Garnett, who is a free agent, will sign for another year with the Celtics, who have some rebuilding to do.
Saunders doesn't have any interest in joining Rivers as an assistant coach next year. He has one year left on his Wizards contract for about $5 million, so that won't happen.Saunders said if the right offers came along, he'd coach next year, but if not, he would sit out a year like he did when Detroit let him go or maybe accept some offers he has received to do some consulting for college or pro teams.