The moral of this story: you can’t say they didn’t try. Problem is trying is one thing, completing a deal is another. West completed deals, post-West, they’ve “tried.” Remember Kupchak’s words of wis-dumb, “there is no magical wand you can wave.”
NY Daily News: Kevin Garnett’s deal with Boston includes a five-year, $105 million extension, according to sources, which means that over his career Garnett has signed three separate contracts worth $100-plus million.
It’s also bad news for both the Knicks and Nets, two Atlantic Division teams that have coveted Garnett for years.
Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland and the Lakers all made last-ditch efforts to acquire Garnett before losing out to Boston. The Knicks were told last month that they didn’t have the assets to land Garnett, which has to be a bitter pill for Thomas to swallow.
It also didn’t hurt the Celtics that Danny Ainge and Kevin McHale have been boys for years. The joke among league GM’s is that McHale only talks to two or three executives and in fact this is the second major deal McHale has orchestrated with his old team.