GARNETT TO THE PISTONS!!?? NOPE. SORRY
Kevin Garnett is not coming to the Pistons.
The rumored trade is a Pistons' fan pipe dream. It began more than a month ago by Piston web loggers and posters and now has taken on a life of its own and hit main stream media.
This shows the power of the web. Usually journalists start rumors. Now Joe from Warren can turn a snow ball into an avalanche.
The rumored trade would bring Garnett to the Pistons in exchange for Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace and two first-round draft selections. It is a powerful trade. The problem is it does not fit under the salary cap and the Pistons might have to give up another player.
The second problem is Kevin McHale and Joe Dumars have not spoken to each other about the trade.
This rumor and other variations began circulating when the Larry Brown-Pistons fiasco hit a boil. Fans assumed correctly that former Minnesota Coach Flip Saunders was coming to town. They also know Pistons guard Chauncey Billups and Garnett are good friends.
They put two and two together and came up with five. It is not happening.
Now lets ask this question. Would I do it if I were Dumars?
My answer is no. You risk too much by trading away what many consider the best starting five in the NBA. If you brought in Garnett your starting five would likely be Prince, Garnett, Billups, Rip Hamilton and perhaps Darko Milicic. I believe if you make the trade you must play Darko. Or you might be forced to make another deal for a defensive center.
The starting five sounds nice. It is just too risky. Besides if you are the Timberwolves why would you make that deal? Teams that trade away the best player usually get the short end of a deal.