Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Celtics and Clippers are in trade talks to send Kevin Garnett to LA in exchange for DeAndre Jordan and Drew Bledsoe.
Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro is advocating for the deal to get done, but the team’s front office is reluctant to pull the trigger on two of their young, blossoming players.
Meanwhile, also in Los Angeles, the Lakers are in preliminary trade talks to send Dwight Howard to the Celtics for Rajon Rondo, according to CBS Sports. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has denied the report.
If one or even both of these trades go down, it will have a profound effect on the Warriors, who are in the same division as both the Clippers and Lakers.
If Garnett is shipped to the Clippers, the Warriors will have to handle both Blake Griffin and KG in the post, and that is not good news given that they already have enough trouble with Griffin.
They will also be unable to use the “Hack-a-Jordan” strategy that Mark Jackson likes to deploy to exploit Jordan’s poor free-throw shooting percentage.
The Clippers will finish ahead of the Warriors in the standings whether or not they make this trade, but acquiring Garnett will further the distance between them and the rest of the pack in the Pacific Division.
Meanwhile, the potential Dwight-for-Rondo deal would benefit the Warriors. As you probably guessed, no Howard means one less superstar big-man to defend against.
Also, Rondo’s torn ACL will sideline him for the rest of the season, so this trade will essentially remove Howard from the equation without adding anything.
Bottom line: the Clippers making a move will hurt the Warriors, while the Lakers’ trade undoubtedly helps them.