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Allen, Garnett and Pierce have a combined 22 All-Star selections.
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SECAUCUS, N.J., July 31, 2007 -- After months of on-again, off-again speculation, the Boston Celtics and the Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to a trade that will send 10-time All-Star and 2004 NBA MVP Kevin Garnett to Boston in exchange for Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, 2009 first round draft pick (top three protected) and a return of Minnesota's conditional first round draft pick previously obtained in the Ricky Davis-Wally Szczerbiak trade. Minnesota also receives cash considerations in the deal.

Garnett, who had spent his entire 12-year career with Minnesota, joins a Celtics team that has already had a busy offseason. They also acquired superstar sharpshooter Ray Allen from the Sonics in a draft-day deal.

WHAT THE CELTICS HAD TO SAY

Celtics.com: Official Press Release
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired 10-time All-Star and 2004 MVP Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, a 2009 first round draft pick (top three protected) and a return of Minnesota's conditional first round draft pick previously obtained in the Ricky Davis-Wally Szczerbiak trade. Minnesota also receives cash considerations in the deal.

"Kevin Garnett is a great player in our league, with a fierce and competitive spirit, who brings offensive scoring prowess and a defensive presence to our team," Executive Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said. "The players we're trading to Minnesota have bright futures in the NBA and we wish them well."


WHAT THE TIMBERWOLVES HAD TO SAY


Timberwolves.com: Official Press Release
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Tuesday the team has acquired forwards Al Jefferson, Gerald Green and Ryan Gomes, guard Sebastian Telfair and center Theo Ratliff, along with two first-round draft picks and cash considerations from the Boston Celtics in exchange for forward Kevin Garnett. The Timberwolves will receive Boston's 2009 first-round selection and Minnesota will get back the first-round draft pick the team traded to the Celtics in a January 2006 trade.

A press conference and media availability with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale and newly acquired players will be held Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. in the skyway level of Target Center.

WHAT THE LEGENDS ARE SAYING

George Gervin
What It Means For Boston
This deal obviously means they are going to move up a notch in the East. Kevin Garnett brings a whole lot to the table just being Kevin and playing like he has played over the years, which is one of the top players in the game. He plays smart, he rebounds, he scores, he blocks shots and even though they don’t give hustle points, he hustles and plays hard all the time. That is an ingredient that Boston can use. Read the full story

Scottie Pippen
What This Does For Boston
I think it instantly gives this team some credibility because this is the worst this franchise has been, probably for the last 15 years. They had Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce there for quite a while and they never proved to be a very good group in terms of being able to challenge for an NBA title. Now they are a team that can definitely compete with the best in the East when you speak of Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit. They have definitely put themselves in the running. Read the full story

Jo Jo White
What It Means For The Celtics and Celtics’ Fans
To say the least it is magnificent. With him and Ray Allen, it catapults us right back into an opportunity to compete at the highest level. So we are ecstatic with all that has materialized thus far. We have loyal fans and they’ve been waiting very, very patiently with the highs and the lows, mostly the lows, but now to get an opportunity to just be able to compete with the talent that we have. Read the full story

Chuck Daly
Don’t Punch The Ticket To The Finals Yet
This is a treasured franchise in the NBA and they have been on hard times for any number of years. They haven’t had a significant win in the playoffs since back in the late '80s. This puts them in a position to not only be a playoff team, but as I have seen in some online polls, they are favored to be the team to represent the East. I think some teams will have something to say about that – the Detroit Pistons for sure, the Cleveland Cavaliers, depending on their health, the Miami Heat in particular, and Chicago. There are some teams that certainly will challenge that. Read the full story



WHAT THE MEDIA IS SAYING

Boston Globe, Aug. 1: Celtics believe their ship has come in
"It may be hard to remember a recent Celtic scene with more sheer optimism. Kevin Garnett, fresh in from the Twin Cities (and not from a cruise) in the middle of the table, a broad smile, flanked by a beaming Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. No, they're not the new Big Three yet; Danny Ainge made that clear yesterday. They haven't won anything. But the mere addition of the 6-foot-11-inch Garnett, who is under wraps for five years, has shaken the foundation of the Eastern Conference and awakened a somnolent Celtic nation like a 7.5 Richter scale earthquake," writes Peter May.

Boston Herald, Aug. 1: Pierce now quite pleased

"Paul Pierce has generally been careful with his words regarding a trade demand. He always maintained the right of deniability when it came to leaving town. But yesterday after calling the Celtics present situation “a dream come true,” he admitted he was gazing at the door before the club added Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett," writes Steve Bulpett.

New York Times, Aug. 1: Value of Garnett Deal Challenges Conventional Wisdom

"Celtics fans finally got what they’ve been waiting for on Tuesday. Kevin Garnett was traded to Boston. But the friend who called to tell me about the initial reports added this bit of conventional wisdom: “Danny Ainge gave up way too much for him. It’s true that Ainge’s five-year plan seems to fundamentally change every year. First, he was building a team around Antoine Walker. Then he traded Antoine Walker. Then he traded to get Antoine Walker back. Then he traded away Antoine Walker," writes Stephen Danley.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, Aug. 1: Wolves Owner: It Hurts To Say Goodbye to Garnett

"Kevin Garnett doesn't do young, and Glen Taylor needed to find a new approach to an old problem. The result: a blockbuster trade, some pain and bruised feelings. Divorce is never easy. Tuesday the Timberwolves completed the biggest trade in team history, sending Garnett -- the 10-time All Star, a decade-long face of the franchise and a Minnesota sports icon -- to Boston for a bevy of players and two first-round draft picks," writes Kent Youngblood.

Boston Herald, Aug. 1: Garnett is just glad to be here

"Danny Ainge said yesterday that contrary to reports, Kevin Garnett never “didn’t” want to come to Boston. Revised history aside, Garnett indeed did not want any part of the Celtics in their pre-June 28 form. Then two things happened. The Celtics traded for Ray Allen on draft night, and Garnett had a long talk with Minnesota owner Glen Taylor about the direction of the Timberwolves," writes Mark Murphy.

St. Paul Pioneer Press, Aug. 1: K.G.'s gone. So what?

"Yes, the trading of Kevin Garnett marks the end of an era. But it really wasn't much of an era, was it? Mostly it was a time of frustration, disappointment and unfulfilled promise. At some point we have to ask: Isn't it time to try something else? This seems like a good time. Two really lousy seasons have greased the rails for a move of this magnitude," writes Tom Powers.

Orlando Sentinel, Aug. 1: Timberwolves owner on KG trade: 'It was time to look toward the future'

"The way Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor sees it, he didn't really have much of a choice. Strapped with what he says was the fourth-highest payroll in the league being shelled out to a team that has missed the playoffs for three years in a row, Taylor said he had to do something drastic to turn around a moribund franchise," writes Jon Krawczynski.

Fox Sports, Aug. 1: Wolves may be better off in long run

"It's no surprise that the Kevin Garnett trade raises several interesting points. With the Big Ticket being replaced by Gerald Green, Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair and Theo Ratliff, the T-Wolves are just about in the same rebuilding mode that Boston was last season. Now it's the T-Wolves that have a roster full of young, promising players who will need time and patience to develop," writes Charley Rosen.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, Aug. 1: Timberwolves Ecstatic About Al Jefferson

“Larry Stamps, Al Jefferson's former AAU coach, was trying to point out the Timberwolves didn't trade Kevin Garnett straight up for his former prodigy; they also received four other players and two draft picks. However, soon he cut through the coachspeak and agreed that Jefferson was easily the key piece the Wolves received in Tuesday's blockbuster deal with the Celtics. Stamps spoke with Jefferson both Monday and Tuesday and said he thought his former player was ‘happy about the trade’ and ‘sounded like he was in good spirits," writes Michael Rand.

Boston Globe, July 31: Move is just the ticket for once-proud team

"The acquisition of Kevin Garnett changes everything. Suddenly, pro basketball matters again in Boston. Suddenly, the networks will sit up, rub the sleep out of their eyes, and start looking for places to plug the Celtics into their national schedule," writes Jackie MacMullan.

Boston Herald, July 31: C’s now a favorite topic: KG deal alters standing in East

"Eastern Conference favorites? Is that really what they are now? Three months ago, the Boston Celtics [team stats] won their 24th and final game of the 2006-07 season. They finished 29 games behind the conference leaders and 16 games out of playoff contention," writes Gerry Callahan.

Chicago Tribune, July 31: T-Wolves May Regret Making This Trade

"Kevin Garnett appears about to be traded, though not to the Bulls. Well, I was half right....That possible deal from a year ago, when the Bulls were strongly pursuing Garnett, remains a far better deal than the one the Timberwolves reportedly are poised to make. It would signal a major rebuilding and make them potentially one of the NBA's worst teams," writes Sam Smith.

ESPN.com, July 30: McHale adds another notch to his Celtics legacy

"During Kevin McHale's 13-year career in Boston, he helped the Celtics capture three championships, redefined the lost art of low-post play, defended everyone from Bernard King to Andrew Toney to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and peaked as the best power forward alive in 1986 and '87. I loved watching him, I loved rooting for him and, most of all, I loved him for risking his career in the '87 playoffs by playing on a broken foot. Boston ended up losing the NBA Finals in six and his career was never quite the same. To this day, he walks with a slight limp. To this day, he says he'd do it again," writes Bill Simmons.

USA Today, July 31: Analysis: Garnett is now Celtics' big ticket

"The Boston Celtics have agreed to acquire Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff and other considerations. USA TODAY's David DuPree analyzes the deal."

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 31: Trade is exactly what both Garnett, Wolves need

"The Kevin Garnett trade that should be announced today offers many assets to the Timberwolves, including Theo Ratliff, a 34-year-old center who should make a fine card-playing partner on the end of the bench with 34-year-old forward Juwan Howard," writes Patrick Reusse.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 31: Wolves Would be Young If Garnett Goes

"In one day the Timberwolves could go from worrying about the present to thinking of the future. From trying to build around Kevin Garnett to moving on without him. You can bet the Wolves, if they complete a trade sending Kevin Garnett to Boston, will try to convince fans that youth will be served. Here's some advice: Be patient," writes Kent Youngblood.

The Eagle Tribune, July 31: Short-term gain, long-term pain

"After rebuilding for most of the post-Big 3 era, the Celtics aren't rebuilding any longer. A multitude of media outlets are reporting that embattled Boston GM Danny Ainge is about to pull the trigger on one of the most daring moves in franchise history. Ainge is trading The Future for the Minnesota Timberwolves' gifted big man Kevin Garnett. The Future, as Celtics fans know, is Al Jefferson. Early Monday reports had the Celtics refusing to include Jefferson, but they apparently relented," writes Mike Muldoon.

Boston Herald, July 31: Garnett signing may be marketing coup

"They call Kevin Garnett the “Big Ticket.” And the star, 6-foot-11 forward may be just the big ticket the long-suffering Boston Celtics [team stats] need. The franchise may also need to sell plenty of tickets to justify the salaries of not just one, but three star players, should it complete a blockbuster deal to bring Garnett to Boston from the Minnesota Timberwolves," writes Jesse Noyes.

Philadelphia Inquirer, July 31: Celtics get Garnett from Timberwolves at last

"In a trade that will shift the balance of power in the NBA's Eastern Conference next season, the Boston Celtics finally acquired 10-time all-star forward Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves yesterday in exchange for forwards Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes and Gerald Green, center and former 76er Theo Ratliff, and guard Sebastian Telfair, as well as two future first-round draft picks.," writes David Aldridge.

MSNBC, July 30: KG trade makes Celtics relevant once again

"Arrogance is not an admirable trait, but there are certain circumstances in which it is not only acceptable but welcome. If you’ve watched the Boston Celtics for the past 20 years, you know what I mean. Once they were the most arrogant of sports franchises — more than any of their counterparts in other leagues, including the New York Yankees — simply because Red Auerbach was the face of their organization," writes Michael Ventre.

SI.com, July 30: For Boston, that's the Ticket

"The Celtics have a deal in place for Kevin Garnett that not only will restore the hopes of the league's winningest franchise, but it will also make traditional Eastern basketball relevant again. The Celtics have boldly shown the Knicks and 76ers that the old powerhouses still can compete against the warm-weather capitals of San Antonio, Miami, Dallas and Phoenix."