Kevin Garnett returns to the Target Center with the Boston Celtics for the first time since he was traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves before the start of the 2007 season. And the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS reports that despite the fact that their team went 22-60 last season and are 2-8 so far this season, and Garnett wound up, you know, winning a title, the Timberwolves’ top brass still insists that the seven-for-one trade was a good deal for the team.
Yup. And that Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps trade actually worked out for the Yankees, too. But keep in mind that this is a franchise that continues to employ Kevin McHale as the key decision-maker in their front office, despite the fact that he managed to help the franchise lose four first-round draft picks in an attempt to lock down Joe Smith to a long-term deal.
But don’t try telling McHale that the Timberwolves got the short end of the deal:
“I do like the deal,” McHale said. “Like I said at the time, it was going to be a change, and there’ll be some growing pains on the thing. But yeah, I couldn’t be happier with Al and his progression and the fact that he’s 23. That was the thing. You gained 10 years in age on the primary assets in the trade. So yeah, I like the deal.”
Yes, Al Jefferson is the real deal, although if anyone really thinks he’s the “the best back-to-the-basket player in the entire NBA” like his teammate Mark Madsen does, they deserve to be committed. Then again, I suspect that Madsen is impressed with anyone who can make an offensive move that doesn’t involve falling to the floor, so take his word with a grain of salt.
There were other players who came to Minnesota in the deal (only Ryan Gomes and Sebastian Telfair are left, and only Gomes is any good). But basically it was Jefferson for Garnett, and no amount of talk about “getting younger” is going to make that trade seem equitable. (And draft picks too, which would be useful if Minnesota wasn’t going to invariably find a way to screw those up, too.)