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.

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.

Is KG headed to Boston?

Remember that KG-to-Boston deal that was killed after Garnett said he wasn’t interested in playing for the Celtics?

Well, it’s back on…sort of.

That deal would have included the C’s #5 pick in this summer’s draft, but it was sent to Seattle in a trade that brought Ray Allen to Boston. Ironically, that might have been the trade that made KG re-think his position:

A Celtics official went so far as to confirm to the Boston Globe’s Jackie MacMullan that a deal was in place.

Multiple sources told that the Wolves are believed to be getting Al Jefferson and Theo Ratliff’s expiring contract.

It’s believed that the latest incarnation of the deal also would have Minnesota acquiring youngsters Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair and Ryan Gomes.

The Wolves would also receive a future first-round pick from Boston and take back the future first-round pick it sent to the Celtics in the Wally Szczerbiak-Ricky Davis trade in January 2006.

Sources indicated late Sunday that Garnett was warming to the idea, raising hopes on both sides that the deal will finally go through.

See the deal in ESPN’s Trade Machine.

Understandably, Garnett is more willing to consider Boston now that the C’s have two All-Stars (Allen and Paul Pierce). If the deal goes through as described, that would leave the likes of Tony Allen, Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins, along with draft picks Gabe Pruitt and Glen “Baby” Davis, to fill in the holes around the team’s Big 3. While that list isn’t exactly oozing with talent, it does have some upside that could contribute to a championship-caliber squad. The Celtics would basically need to find a point guard and a center capable of meshing with Garnett, Pierce and Ray Allen.

If this deal goes through, it will have a huge impact on the pecking order in the East. The Celtics would immediately rise to contender status in the conference. For the ‘Wolves, the combination of Al Jefferson, Gerald Green and Ryan Gomes plus two first round picks is reasonable compensation for KG. The team will now build around Jefferson, Randy Foye and Corey Brewer (and to a lesser extent, Green and Gomes). In a few years, that team should be able to compete for a playoff spot.

But Kevin McHale will find a way to screw it up, right?

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