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Garnett: 'If it's up to me, I'll live and die green.'

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Garnett: 'If it's up to me, I'll live and die green.'

HOUSTON Kevin Garnett said he has no plans of waiving his no-trade clause, a position that - if he sticks to it - would prevent the Boston Celtics from moving him as part of a package with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Garnett responded with a "No" on Saturday when asked if he would waive his no-trade clause.

He later added, "If it's up to me, I'll live and die green."

Uh, it kind of is your call KG.

That's the beauty of being one of the few NBA players with the ability to veto any trade that they're involved in.

When reminded of this, Garnett said, "OK then. What we talking about?"

Still, there's no guarantee that Garnett will feel the same way if Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, approaches him with a possible trade scenario that could only happen if Garnett agrees to be traded.

Of the teams out there, the Clippers are one of the few that might tempt Garnett to have a change of heart and leave Boston.

And Chris Paul, who has been consulted on most if not all moves made by the Clippers, is very much a fan of Garnett and has made no secret this weekend about wanting to play with him.

"He's one of the guys I genuinely appreciate and I've always said this, I'd love to have KG on my team," Paul said on Friday. "Because he's focused; he's focused and I love that about him."

A trade to the Clippers would move Garnett close to his offseason home in Malibu, Calif., and the Clippers are one of the top teams in the Western Conference now.

Already considered a threat out West, the addition of Garnett would cement their status as an NBA title contender this season.

But such a deal would also signal that the C's no longer see themselves among the top teams in the East, and that dreaded 'R' word - rebuild - will surely be in effect.

The reported deal would send DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe to Boston.

Bledsoe is a more than capable backup who has shown signs of having starter-like potential. In Boston's 106-104 win over the Clippers on Feb. 3, Bledsoe had 23 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds filling in for an injured Paul.

While Jordan has been among the factors elevating the Clippers into the upper echelon of Western Conference teams, Boston would be taking a major downgrade in terms of the defensive presence lost by Garnett relative to Jordan's game defensively.

The 6-foot-11 big man has a defensive rating of 102.9.

Among the current Celtics, the only Boston player with a worst defensive rating is Fab Melo who has played in just two games this season.

And for a franchise that prides itself on strong defensively, the addition of Jordan would indeed be a move looking ahead to the future as opposed to the present.

It's a risky proposition no matter how you look at it.

But in the end, the only person that matters in all this is Garnett who because of his no-trade clause, may very well hold the fate of not one but two franchises, in his hands.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

0:41 - Kyle Draper, Brain Scalabrine, Tommy Heinsohn, and Mike Gorman break down the Celtics loss to the Cavs and Gordon Hayward’s injury.

4:22 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions to the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward and how it impacted the game.

9:39 - Dr. Chris Chihlas joins BST to give his medical opinion on Gordon Hayward and if he thinks there is a chance Hayward could return this season. 

13:40 - Chris Mannix and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss what the feeling was like in the arena when Hayward went down but how there is actually a 'cautious optimism' surrounding the injury.

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

CLEVELAND – Jayson Tatum has seen plenty of games featuring Cleveland’s LeBron James.

And in the Boston Celtics’ preparation for Tuesday night’s matchup, the 19-year-old rookie had seen plenty of James on film.

But facing him, up close and personal, was something entirely different.

“He’s way bigger than I thought,” Tatum said. “He’s way better than I imagined. That’s the reason why he is who he is.”

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James’ play was among the key factors in Cleveland handing Boston a 102-99 loss on Tuesday night.

But Tatum showed he too has some big-time potential by finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds which included some nifty drives to the basket as well as showing the ability to hold his own on the glass in terms of rebounding the basketball.

The last Celtics rookie to post a double-double on opening night?

That was Larry Bird back in 1980, helping the Celtics to a 114-106 win over the Houston Rockets.

What’s even crazier?

Bird had 14 points and 10 rebounds in that Rockets game, too.

Tatum’s solid performance didn’t seem in the making in the first half when Tatum had missed all five of his shot attempts while tallying just two points.

But as the Celtics mounted their comeback, Tatum’s play was a key to the team’s improved play.

“Just being more relaxed” was how Tatum described his improved play in the second half.

Tatum added, “first half, I think I was nervous and anxious. And then the game slowed down for me. That helped out a lot.”

And the Celtics will need even more from Tatum going forward after Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

There was plenty of room for him to improve upon following Tuesday’s game.

But for the most part, head coach Brad Stevens liked what he saw from the rookie.

“Jayson was pretty good,” Stevens said. “He did a pretty good job for a first game. That’s pretty hard to do, to be thrown into this environment, first game and play that well.”

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