Doc Rivers says Celtics want Kevin Garnett back next season
The question is not want. As always the question is money.
But know that the Celtics would like to have Kevin Garnett back next season, in large part because he has played better than expected this season. His contract is up at the end of this year, he is a free agent. Still, some in Boston think that if he does play next season it will be only in Boston.
Doc Rivers is on board and said this about KG before the Celtics took on the 76ers Friday night, via CSNNE.com.
As to why he would play in Boston as opposed to somewhere else?
All that love is swell. It really is.
What matters is always the money.
Next season the Celtics have just $35 million on the books because Ray Allen, Jermaine O’Neal and KG (as well as others) all come off the books at once. They have the ability to bring in a max player and more. They can remake the roster for the future, with Rajon Rondo as the heart of the new team. KG is not the future. So it’s a matter of who they can bring in and at what price before they consider KG.
Garnett is not going to get a long-term deal or anywhere in the vicinity of the $21 million he is making this season. But if he would do a two-year deal closer to a league average salary, would Boston bite?
The Celtics have a lot of decisions to make. So does Garnett. But don’t be shocked if he is back in green next season.
Ray Allen on the other hand…