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.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rough start for Al Horford

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rough start for Al Horford

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons in which the Celtics lead 54-50.

 

STARS

Isaiah Thomas

At the half he led all scorers with 16 points coming on 6-for-10 shooting from the field.

Reggie Jackson

The former Boston College star has been a main cog in the Pistons’ offense tonight, leading them with 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting with five assists.

 

STUDS

Marcus Morris

He was relatively quiet most of the first half, but came up with a last-second 3-pointer that sent the Pistons into the half with some momentum to cap off a 15-9 run to end the quarter.

Jaylen Brown

Boston is looking for a steady No. 2 scorer to compliment Isaiah Thomas, and Brown was that guy throughout most of the first half. He finished with nine points on 4-for-5 shooting to go with three rebounds.

Amir Johnson

The former Piston looked very much at home around the rim in the first half, scoring just four points but grabbing seven rebounds in addition to dishing out two assists.

Andre Drummond

He had six points and six rebounds in the first half, but didn’t really dominate the way you would expect from the best big man in the building. Boston didn’t give him too many looks at the basket, and when they did they fouled him. He went to the line for five free throws in the half, and missed all of them.

 

DUDS

Al Horford

Boston has made getting him the ball tonight a priority, and the four-time All-Star is simply not finishing off plays. Credit Detroit’s defense which has contested most of Horford’s shot attempts. That said, he has to deliver more offensively than the two points he scored while missing eight of his nine field goal attempts.

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons will retire the jersey number of former UConn star Rip Hamilton tonight, an instrumental figure in the Pistons’ success in the early 2000s that included an NBA title in 2004.
 
Although Hamilton never played for Boston, his impact can be felt within the Celtics locker room.
 
Boston’s Amir Johnson spent his first four NBA seasons as a teammate of Hamilton's in Detroit.
 
In that time, Johnson acknowledges how many of the positive things folks associate with him come from lessons he learned from Hamilton.
 
“He was so relentless when he ran,” Johnson told CSNNE.com. “I remember working out with him one summer. For him to even get his shot off, he sprints full court, goes back down shooting shots, and he just kept doing this over and over and over again, full court sprinting . . . To see that as a young kid, and at his age, just working hard like that, it was great to see.”
 
James Young grew up in nearby Rochester Hills, Mich., so he watched Hamilton’s scoring prowess up close and personal.
 
And as he continued to evolve as a player, Young would see Hamilton during the summer months while attending Hamilton’s basketball camps.
 
“I was there every year, won MVP a few times,” Young told CSNNE.com. “He’s a great guy, a great player.”
 
And, like Hamilton, Young has a lanky frame for an NBA player, which was among the many reasons Young acknowledged Hamilton as being one of his first significant basketball influences as a youth.
 
“For sure,” Young said. “His mid-range game was crazy, great shooter. He was always consistent.”
 
And that consistency has paid off in the highest honor an NBA franchise can bestow upon a player.
 
“That’s big time,” Johnson said. “He’s a champion, great father, great baller. To have his jersey retired is an honor. To see the success he had in the league, and to see his jersey retired with the greats, it's definitely an honor. I’m glad I’ll be there to see that. Kudos to him. He’s a hard worker. Had a great career. I had my high school jersey retired, but to get your NBA jersey retired, that’s great.”
 
Hamilton played 14 seasons in the NBA, nine of which were with the Pistons. A career 17.1 points per game score, he averaged 18.4 with Detroit and was named an Eastern Conference All-Star three times (2006-2008).
 
Although he is known as one of the greatest mid-range shooters of his era, Hamilton began to expand his range over time. During the 2005-06 season, Hamilton shot 45.8 percent from 3-point range (most of them being corner 3’s), which led the NBA that season.