I'm finding great difficulty in accepting this trade for both teams involved; however, the biggest loser in all of this is the man himself: Kevin Garnett.
In my opinion, I believe that the Boston Celtics are a bit too concerned with the "win now" attitude that has also affected my primary team and once-thought destination for KG, the Phoenix Suns. Unless you were kept underground with no access to a television, it's common knowledge that the Celtics pulled off a trade (or gamble depending on how you see it) with the Seattle Supersonics for Ray Allen. This trade was necessary laregely in part to Kobe Bryant (again, my opinion) and his demand to be traded if adequate measures were not taken on immediately to improve the team. It was widely thought that Paul Pierce would make the same demand, although I have trouble believing that the Celtics would acquiesce to such demands. Allen is a class act and first rate shooter/scorer. I believe that his addition to the Celtics would have helped them substantially with the players the team had before this trade. After the trade, that team is substantially depleted.
As far as Minnesota is concerned, the fans lose their heart and soul and only real tried and true producer. I do believe that those relocating to the franchise will contribute and may even find great success there; on the other hand, there's a possibilty that there may be great struggles ahead. Al Jefferson is a solid force on the post, and I feel he'd contribute much as he has anywhere in the league. The same can be said for Gomes. The same cannot be said for budding star Gerald Green: flashy dunking aside, his shot is streaky and inconsistent. He also happend to play the same position as veteran Ricky Davis. I won't even touch on the travesty that is known as Sebastian Telfair. He never should have been drafted- I'll leave it at that. As far as the draft picks, those are just that: picks. Hopefully MIN will get somethign solid for them.
Garnett now has a very short window to achieve what many have strived for yet few have achieved. Despite his constant losing in Minnesota, he was determined to stay with the franchise through it all, and he did come very close once. It's sad to see his storied career be derailed by a questionable trade, but I wish him the greatest success.
Lastly, the Suns should have done more to acquire Garnett since he had expressed a desire to play here. I understand the logistics of a trade, potential expense involved, and the salary cap implications, but he would surely have been a better fit in Phoenix. This does not mention the fact that the Suns have a substantially better team in general.
So.... with all that said, what say you, the NBA fan? Is this move a career defining one in terms of winning and potential championships, or is this the opposite and the beginning of a sad, downward spiral?