Reports: Kevin Garnett to re-sign with Boston Celtics on 3-year deal
Kevin Garnett went from considering retirement to quickly re-signing with the Boston Celtics.
According to reports in The Boston Herald, Yahoo Sports, The Boston Globe, the 36-year-old Garnett has agreed to return to the Celtics on a three-year deal. He will make that official on July 11, when free agents can start signing with teams.
Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears reported the deal is for three years and $34 million. The average annual salary of that deal would equal just more than half the $21 million he made this season. The Herald, meanwhile, reported the two sides are working on a two-year deal that could include a third year.
“The decision came down to whether KG wanted to keep playing,” one source told The Herald. “And once he decided that he did, it was going to be Boston. He wasn’t going to leave Doc (Rivers) and those guys and play anywhere else.”
Garnett averaged 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds for the Celtics last season, as the team fell in seven games to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.
Now that Garnett has re-signed, it’s likely the Celtics will try to keep much of last season’s roster intact. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge recently told the Globe that if Garnett decided to return, the team would try to bring back free-agent starter Ray Allen and role players Brandon Bass and Mickael Pietrus.