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Garnett is now a Celtic

The blockbuster trade that we discussed yesterday is now in the books:

The Celtics acquired Garnett, a 10-time All-Star and the NBA MVP in 2004, from Minnesota in exchange for Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, a 2009 first-round draft pick and a return of Minnesota’s conditional first-round pick previously obtained in the Ricky Davis-Wally Szczerbiak trade.

The Celtics, now with three hungry vets looking for rings (Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen), quickly become a legimate contender in the East. Minnesota will add Al Jefferson (as well as Gerald Green and Ryan Gomes) to a core group that also includes Randy Foye and Corey Brewer. The ‘Wolves are clearly in full rebuilding mode.

But back to the C’s, who definitely got the better end of the deal in the short term. As part of the trade, KG agreed to a three-year extension which will keep him in Boston through the 2011-12 season.

Garnett in green? This is going to be fun to watch.

(Kobe has to be pissed.)

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What a boring deadline

Okay, so Mark Teixeira went to the Braves and Eric Gagne was dealt to the Red Sox. That’s it? That’s all this sorry ass 2007 trade deadline gave us this year? No three-team blockbuster that included nine players, two managers and three batboys? Unbelievable. I think I read that the Padres got a case of Bubble Yum and a crate full of watermelon Jolly Ranchers for reliever Royce Ring.

As boring as the trade deadline was this year, I actually applaud general managers across the league. I think these geniuses are finally figuring out that Matt Mantei isn’t worth a young stud like Brad Penny or that Victor Zambrano might not bring back the same return as a 19-year-old Scott Kazmir might some day. More and more, teams are hanging onto the young prospects and being more patient with their development. With that, fans are seeing less exciting trade deadline deals, but more of guys like Jose Reyes, Carl Crawford and Tim Lincecum develop into future stars.

Rich get richer at trade deadline

Tuesday the Boston Red Sox acquired reliever Eric Gagne from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Kason Gabbard, David Murphy and Engel Beltre. The BoSox are just plain sick from top to bottom, from their stacked lineup to their solid pitching staff.

Okay, so your team is facing Boston and is down heading into the seventh inning. At any time during the next three innings, you could face Gagne, Hideki Okajima or closer Jonathan Papelbon. Thanks for playing, drive home safely.

If Boston’s butt holes didn’t consistently pucker up to the size of an M&M in the second half every year (save for 2004 of course), I’d declare the rest of the American League D.O.A from here on out. But I digress.

Take the Cardinals over the Pirates @ 10:00 EDT

The Pirates may be home in Pittsburgh in front of the home crowd, but their losing ways will continue this evening when the St. Louis Cardinals arrive at PNC Park for a 3-game set.
Could the Pirates be in a worse spot at home? Losers of 14 out of their last 17, on a miserable 2-8 run and not hitting well as a team. Off losing series against the Philles, Mets and Astros, look for the streak to continue. Tonight the Cards send Adam Wainwright to the hill with an ERA of 3.32 in his last three starts, and a 4-2 road record. With the Pirates having a 10-game team batting average of just .227, they will find the going tough tonight. The Cardinals own this series at 39-16 their last 55 meetings and the Pirates are not a goog bet as a dog, dropping nine out of their 10 games as the underdog. Paul Maholm takes to the hill for the Pirates tonight with a losing record at home, allowing 70 hits and 37 runs in 10 starts where he is 4-6. I doubt he has enough run support tonight as the Pirates simply cannot get out of their own way and are not getting runners in scoring position.

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RBs Gore, C. Taylor injured

Frank Gore broke a bone in his right hand during a non-contact ball-handling drill, and may not play in the preseason. HC Mike Nolan said that he will be ready to go by the end of the preseason.

Chester Taylor was carted off the practice field this morning with a shoulder/arm injury. The specifics of the injury are still unknown.

Fantasy impact: I wouldn’t worry too much about Gore’s injury. If he’s ready for the regular season, he should be OK. However, he may not be in the best of shape come September, so you may want to ratchet down his projections a bit. If Taylor’s injury turns out to be serious, this is obviously a huge boost for Adrian Peterson. If Taylor is out, Peterson suddenly becomes a second or third round pick.

8/1 Update: Taylor’s X-rays were negative and the injury was diagnosed as a forearm bruise, which is good news for Taylor and bad news for Peterson’s draft stock.

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