The trade of Kevin Garnett to the Celtics has been the most important transaction of this NBA summer, but, for the most part, it sounds like a one-way deal. The storyline is simple: Garnett going to the Celtics is supposed to resuscitate Boston's once-proud franchise and help balance the yawning divide between the Eastern and Western Conferences.
But what about the franchise Garnett just left? What about the now-downtrodden Timberwolves? General manager Kevin McHale has made a string of bad transactions over the past decade and this sure looks like yet another one.
McHale, though, is not alone when it comes to being low-balled in a deal involving a star player.
This guy's premise is off; Minnie was not low-balled. They got a 22 year-old double-double big man (Al Jefferson), a very talented wing that could become a 20+ ppg scorer (Gerald Green), a solid roleplayer (Ryan Gomes), an 11 million-dollar expirer and two future firsts. Looking at what Orlando got for McGrady, the Raptors got for Carter, and the Lakers got for Shaq, that's a good deal. 5 players total (Ratliff and Telfair are the other two), and two first round picks. Who is getting better than that for their star?