There is cause for celebration in “Celtics Nation,” as the “Boston Globe” has reported that the club has reached a deal with veteran big man Kevin Garnett, as he will sign up for another three-year stint with the team. Sources with knowledge of the deal, state that the “Big Ticket” will receive $34 million over the life the contract, which will cut his annual salary to about half of what he earned this past season. Garnett was considering retirement, however his strong performance in the Post Season convinced him that he still has enough left in the tank to play at the level he wants to.
Critics have talked about the big man’s diminishing skills since the 2009-2010 campaign, but every time they have been ready to count him out, he has proven them wrong. Garnett was a key reason that Boston made it to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Finals, as he averaged 19.2 points and 10.3 boards per contest in the Playoffs. The highlight of his Post Season, was when he carried the Celtics past the Atlanta Hawks, after being insulted by one of the club’s owners.
With the return of the Celtics star, Boston could once again have a very deep front-court, provided they re-sign Brandon Bass and Mickael Pietrus. The Celtics may have gotten the steal of the 2012 NBA Draft with the 21st pick, as they selected Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger, considered a top-ten player talent wise, but slipped in the Draft due to reports of possible back problems. Boston also drafted Syracuse center Fab Melo with the next pick in the Draft, a player who could turn out to be a defensive presence and shot blocker for Boston.
There is still no word on whether the Celtics will come to terms with veteran guard Ray Allen, who will also become a Free Agent Saturday at midnight. Published reports are stating that the Miami Heat is going to put on a full-court press to try to sign the talented Boston veteran.