Sky wrote:Sabo - KG has been hanging bb's for years, no reason to expect him to ask out now. Word is Kobe has already given up on that. IF Garnett ever values rings over his image as beloved Milkman and Hero then this deal would definitely be in the mix, along with Phoenix offering Marion, #4 and change.
Tell me what you think of my theory on the KG asking for extension articles...
KG and Taylor have both come to terms that it's the best interest if the two sides separate. KG is to image conscious, so he's not going to demand a trade out of Minnesota. While he does want out, he also wants to go to a team that will become a contender. Despite the supposed extension talks, both McHale and Taylor have send out feelers that they're prepared to move the franchise in another direction. Problem is that Taylor knows if he trades his franchise player, he must get all he can.
The last two franchise players that got traded, Iverson and Shaq, gave their teams the weak hand in negotiations because everyone knew they would have to pull the trigger sooner rather than later. Philly or LA couldn't always fall back during negotiations and say "we don't have to trade the guy if we don't want to. Shaun Livingston or no deal. Dwyane Wade or no deal." With the alleged extension talks, it gives Taylor the final say in trade talks. Teams can't force the issue by simply waiting for him to cave in like Knight and Kupchak did, because KG "doesn't mind staying."
In the end, Taylor sends KG to a contender while getting the best deal that anyone has gotten for a franchise player in recent trades.