The rumors had been ongoing for months to that point. Boston? Chicago? Golden State? The eventual landing spot for Kevin Garnett was unclear, but all evidence pointed towards his glorious time in Minnesota coming to an end.
KG was traded to the Boston Celtics on this day 10 years ago; a move that we all saw coming, but also one nobody was ready for.
The trade was as follows:
Boston receives: Kevin Garnett
Minnesota receives: Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, BOS 2009 first round pick, MN 2009 first round pick (returned to them from a previous trade involving Ricky Davis and Wally Szczerbiak)
The trade seemed like a good one at the time. Al Jefferson was a budding All-Star who had just come off somewhat of a breakout year. Gerald Green was a high-ceiling teenager whose future was a giant question mark. Ryan Gomes had proven to be a solid role player. Bassy was always a slightly better point guard than his on-court reputation let on, mostly due to the hype he had coming out of high school. Theo Ratliff was….an expiring contract.
Some of this ended up being the case. Some saw Big Al is the biggest 2010 All-Star snub. Gomes and Telfair did what was expected. They even ended up with Wayne Ellington, a solid off-the-bench shooter still playing in the league today, with the pick that Boston gave to them. That said, Green’s coming out party came well after his time in Minnesota, and Ratliff held up his end of the “just an expiring” bargain.
What’s worse is what happened with those players after David Kahn took over. SB Nation did a fine job illustrating exactly what happened to the pieces turned over from the Kevin Garnett trade.
Spoiler: It’s not great, Bob.
The trade could have been worse. Having Jefferson on the team was a saving grace to an otherwise horrible period of Wolves fandom, and a couple of the other pieces had their moments (Gomes and Telfair, mainly).
And, for what it’s worth, there is likely some weird Butterfly Effect stuff going on with how the Wolves’ lack of success, the Kahn era, the Love broken hand season, Ricky Rubio’s wait for coming over, KG’s eventual return to Minnesota, all eventually turned into Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Jimmy Butler.
Looking back on Kevin Garnett’s first departure from Minnesota isn’t always the happiest time in Wolves history, but it was the definitive first step in a rebuild. Ten years later,it’s ben a long road, but the pieces are starting to come together.
Now, for some “wanna feel old???” nonsense:
When Kevin Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics….
-This was the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100
-This was the highest grossing movie in the box office
I had just finished my sophomore year of high school
The iPhone 1 was 6 months old
The final Harry Potter BOOK was released