The overlooked deal that led to the Kevin Garnett trade

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July 31st marks the 12-year anniversary of the Celtics acquiring Kevin Garnett in the summer of 2007, a move that forever changed the direction of the franchise under the direction of Danny Ainge.

Countless pieces have been written on circumstances surrounding the Garnett blockbuster deal that summer. How the Celtics were told that Garnett was not interested in playing for Boston during initial discussions. The acquisition of Ray Allen on draft night and some convincing by Paul Pierce helped change that.

The trade package (Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, two first-round picks for 2009) that the Celtics sent Kevin McHale and the Timberwolves for Garnett may not have come to fruition if not for a rarely remembered deal between the two franchises three years earlier. Two teams stuck in mediocrity were looking to shake things up in the middle of the 2005-06 season and the C’s took several important steps in that deal to help make the Garnett trade possible just 18 months later.

The Trade: