Sporting News: The trade of Kevin Garnett to the Celtics has been the most important transaction of this NBA summer, but, for the most part, it sounds like a one-way deal. The storyline is simple: Garnett going to the Celtics is supposed to resuscitate Boston’s once-proud franchise and help balance the yawning divide between the Eastern and Western Conferences.
But what about the franchise Garnett just left? What about the now-downtrodden Timberwolves? General manager Kevin McHale has made a string of bad transactions over the past decade and this sure looks like yet another one.
McHale, though, is not alone when it comes to being low-balled in a deal involving a star player. That’s because he waited too long to make the deal happen, and his player’s trade value dropped because of it. You just can’t do that. This lesson has been demonstrated over and over in the NBA, but still, general managers just don’t seem to be paying attention.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the Lakers are paying attention. What happened with Garnett doesn’t seem to have anything to do with what L.A. is going through with the very unhappy Kobe Bryant. But it should.