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Kevin asks: Al Who?
Before my friend could hear my answer, he exclaimed that Boston got Garnett for nothing. They just gave up a bunch of junk.
He asked me again, so who did Boston give up?
My reply was Al Jefferson.
Al Jefferson, he is a young player and is going to be a great player in this league for years. Believe me, Boston did not want to give him up.
The original trade reads like this:
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired 10-time All-Star and 2004 MVP Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, a 2009 first round draft pick (top three protected) and a return of Minnesota’s conditional first round draft pick previously obtained in the Ricky Davis-Wally Szczerbiak trade. Minnesota also receives cash considerations in the deal. source
The conversation kind of ended right there, but now Al Jefferson has a chance to get voted on to the All Star team and deserves it.
Al Jefferson, Minnesota
Averages: 20.3 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 1.5 APG; Total PRA: 34.1
Breakdown: Replacing Kevin Garnett is no easy task, but Big Al is working hard in Minnesota. Taking advantage of a post-centric offense, Jefferson’s averaging more than 20 points per game for the first time in his career, and rebounding at a rate that proves he’s hungry like a (Timber)wolf. source
Only one problem for Al Jefferson. He has to beat out Tim Duncan, Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, and Dirk Nowitzki.
There is no Who with any of those guys.
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