Clippers, Celtics End Kevin Garnett Talks

February 19 2013 at 9:23pm CDT By Ryan Raroque

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Clippers and Celtics have terminated trade talks involving Kevin Garnett for now. The latest reported potential deal involved Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan going to Boston, but discussions are believed to be at a standstill unless Chris Paul pushes for a deal. Yesterday, we heard about Paul's plans to re-sign with Los Angeles as well as the strong influence he supposedly has on personnel decisions. 

The Celtics are reportedly willing to continue talks, but won't re-visit negotiations unless Bledsoe and Jordan are included. Wojnarowski also points out that any deal that involves trading Garnett could be a pre-cursor to Boston attempting to package Paul Pierce for Atlanta's Josh Smith. Apparently management has yet to approach Garnett about waiving his no trade clause without a deal on the table, but there is a belief that he could be eventually convinced to agree to move. 

Wojnarowski notes that the Celtics' front office is still deciphering whether to add to the current core in order to try to make a playoff run this year or begin re-tooling the roster with young talent. For the Clippers, the 15-time All-Star is seen as a possible key piece that could make them the favorite to win the Western Conference this season.  

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