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June 27, 2007 at 8:37 am | Posted in Basketball, Jackie Manuel | 1 Comment

Sources: Suns back in KG chase
Sources: Wolves PR department

There was a growing sentiment around the league Tuesday night that the Kevin Garnett sweepstakes are nearing a conclusion and that the Phoenix Suns are the most likely winners, with two trade scenarios emerging that could potentially land Garnett in the desert by draft night.

WHAT? what the hell is growing sentiment?

The key stumbling block for Boston would be Marion’s reluctance to play for the Celtics, which sources say was conveyed to both teams last week when the idea of a three-team trade involving these clubs was first made public.

Oh…well I’m sure they can take him to a Sox game and change his mind….

Another possible stumbling block: Minnesota, sources say, has been adamant that any trade with Boston would include Al Jefferson.

Maybe Minnesota will take Ratliff instead?

The Celtics, in turn, are willing to part with Jefferson only if they’re the team that gets Garnett.

So um what the fuck is this article about then?

In the newer trade scenario, sources say, Minnesota is looking to acquire Atlanta’s No. 3 and No. 11 picks in the draft along with several cap-friendly contracts from the Hawks and Suns. To participate, Atlanta wants Stoudemire from Phoenix.

Is that all? Billy Knight: “Hey we could be in on this….you know…if the Suns want to do what they’ve said they won’t do.”

Such a trade would hold significantly greater appeal to Minnesota than any Celtics’ offer that didn’t include Jefferson. The Hawks, meanwhile, would be able to reunite Stoudemire with ex-Suns teammate Joe Johnson and immediately field a promising big-and-small core to build around and make Atlanta competitive, given the current state of the Eastern Conference.

At this point I think it is fair to ask whether Chad Ford AND Marc Stein are playing NBA 2K7. This stuff could happen….on an xbox.

The Suns, though, are understandably reluctant to part with Stoudemire after he made the All-NBA first team in what appears to be the most successful comeback from microfracture knee surgery that the NBA has ever witnessed.

Damn….Billy Knight was ready to deal.

The Lakers, meanwhile, haven’t abandoned all hope of partnering Garnett with the increasingly frustrated Kobe Bryant just yet. Another concept in circulation Tuesday raised the possibility of a multi-team trade in which the Indiana Pacers’ Jermaine O’Neal would go to Atlanta, with Lakers forward Lamar Odom and young center Andrew Bynum heading to the Pacers. That package, at worst, would send the No. 3 pick in the draft to Minnesota as the main payoff for Garnett.

I feel dizzy.

But the Suns increasingly look like the favorites, given that Phoenix is Garnett’s preferred destination if he has to leave the only NBA city he has ever known and with the Suns clearly possessing more trade assets. The Wolves are looking for a combination of high draft picks, top young talent and expiring contracts to provide cap relief. The Lakers don’t have a draft pick higher than No. 19 to offer and Minnesota, sources say, is not interested in Odom because of the two years and nearly $28 million left on the lanky lefty’s contract.

OK…so Phoenix it is….stumbling blocks be damned.

It’s believed that the Suns will continue trying to keep Stoudemire out of any deal, but sources say that the athletically gifted 24-year-old is not untouchable -…

FOR F*CKS SAKE..did Marc and Chad co-write this sentence

not with the Wolves having finally made the philosophical commitment to end the Garnett Era after years of speculation and with Phoenix feeling as though there is no better player it could acquire to counter San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, who is seen as the Suns’ biggest obstacle to getting out of the Western Conference playoffs.

Tim Duncan to to Wolves anyone?

Sources say Minnesota, furthermore, clearly hopes to complete a Garnett trade before the draft begins in hopes of securing a pick in first half of the lottery to go with its own No. 7 selection. The fact that Wolves owner Glen Taylor left the country for China on Tuesday afternoon for his honeymoon doesn’t appear to have slowed the Wolves down at all.

Finally some news!

Yet it remains to be seen if the Hawks, who have been notoriously reluctant to make roster moves of any sort for months because of their uncertain ownership situation, will actually commit to join in on a trade of this magnitude.

All that stuff about the Hawks earlier…our editors needed 300 words.

In any case, it’s a trade that, even without completion, has seemingly eclipsed one of the most anticipated drafts in years.



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