As this season's trade deadline neared, it was a popular consensus that Kevin Garnett had used his no-trade clause to block the proposed trade that would've sent KG to Los Angeles to play with the Clippers in exchange for DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe.
Now that the Celtics' season is over, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald debunked some of the myths that surrounded the Celtics this season, one of them being that KG ever used his no-trade clause at all.
Bulpett asserts that Garnett never used his no-trade clause to block the proposed Clipper trade because the trade never really came into fruition.
The truth of the matter is that it never got to the point where KG was asked to vote, or even declare his party affiliation. There was, as reported here, some measure of discord within the Clippers organization on the issue. According to multiple sources, coach Vinny Del Negro was in favor of the trade, believing it would give the club the best chance to win this season.
The trade was never serious because it probably hinged on the opinion of Chris Paul, whom the Clippers have been desperate to appease in hopes that he resigns this offseason.
“The Clippers were never going to make that trade,” said one Western Conference executive. “They have to worry about what Chris Paul’s going to do after this season, and I’d really be interested to know if they talked to him about this. They had to."
Vinny Del Negro wanted the deal to go through; however, the rest of the Clippers organization was against the trade so Kevin Garnett was never the reason that the deal did not go through.