Originally written on State Of The Celtics  |  Last updated 6/18/12



Former Timberwolves and Wizards coach Flip Saunders, who spent this postseason as a consultant for Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics, seems fairly convinced that Kevin Garnett will be back in Boston next season. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

One reason Rivers brought in Saunders was his great relationship with Kevin Garnett. And Saunders said that KG played like he did with the Wolves in 2003-04, when he was named league MVP.

"I remember when we drafted KG [in 1995], we said to him his first year, we played him as a small forward and I told him you're going to be an All-Pro player as a power forward but you're probably going to end your career as a center," Saunders said. "And with Garnett playing center, the Celtics after the All-Star break had the third-best record in the NBA."

Garnett really showed great strength at center in the postseason, averaging 19.2 points -- his highest playoff average since 2007-08 -- and 10.3 rebounds per game.

Saunders is positive Garnett, who is a free agent, will sign for another year with the Celtics, who have some rebuilding to do.


This is the first hint we've heard from anyone who was with the the Celtics recently about what Garnett might do. It just so happens that the person revealing it has been close to KG since he entered the league and seems to have his love and respect.

Still, this is just another case of the "Boston or bust" mentality that anyone and everyone believes is going through Garnett's head. He's not going to San Antonio or Miami or Los Angeles to play basketball. He might go to Los Angeles to lounge on the beach or play shuffleboard or something if he decides to hang them up, but if he wants to continue playing basketball, he's going to play basketball for Doc Rivers and the Celtics. The more I hear people talk about it, the more I think that KG will be back next season, which differs from my thoughts last week when I was thinking that he was done. So I pretty much have no idea what he's going to do.

By the way, for anyone who thought that the Celtics might try to lure Saunders onto their staff as an assistant coach for next season, he said that he has no interest doing so. Sorry, don't kill the messenger.

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