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Sunday, July 1, 2012

KG Reunited With the Celtics

     It was never a question of whether or not Kevin Garnett would sign with a different team. The 36 year old Celtic big man was mulling over retirement or returning to Boston for his eighteenth season in the league. Garnett signed a three year deal worth worth $34 million dollars Saturday and whether or not he plays through the entire three year contract or not, Garnett is an important piece for the Celtics.
The "Big Ticket" will return to Boston in search of his second title

     KG was huge in leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals and one win away from the NBA Finals by averaging 19.2 points and 10.3 rebounds. Some may question resigning the aging Garnett when the Celtics are looking to get younger. It all revolves around the plan of Celtics' Team President Danny Ainge to rebuild rather than blow up the team. As former NBA head coach and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said during Thursday's NBA Draft, there is no need to blow up a team if the plan to blow up is inferior to the plan to rebuild.

     Not only will Garnett play a vital role in helping the Celtics in their quest to defeat the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference, he also adds veteran leadership that can help mold recently drafted Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo into quality replacements. With Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley proving to be the future of Boston's front court and Paul Pierce having two more years left in his contract, the Celtics hope to rebuild while simultaneously contending for championships.

The "Core Four" sticking together is the key to Boston's championship aspirations
     With Garnett resigned the focus is now on shooting guard Ray Allen. Allen has expressed interest in returning to the Celtics, but according to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Grizzles, Heat, Clippers are all actively pursuing him. The Celtics believe if healthy and the core four of Rondo, Pierce, Allen, and Garnett present, they have as good of chance as anyone to win a NBA championship.

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