In theory NBA fans should be pleased to see the hated Celtics gain an opportunity to become a player again. But I just can’t get behind that. All I know is that two of the hated Celtics colluded to make this trade happen. Feh. You can’t tell me that McHale acted in the best interests of his team.
Bill Simmons says as much here:
My NBA guide claims that McHale retired from the Celtics in 1993, but apparently thatâ€™s a misprint. How else could you explain his decision to trade Kevin Garnett to Boston for the Al Jefferson pu pu platter deluxe? Just five weeks ago, McHale and Minnesota couldnâ€™t close a potential deal in which they received Jefferson and Bostonâ€™s No. 5 pick. Now? Theyâ€™re settling for Jefferson (a potential franchise player), Ryan Gomes (an intangibles guy whoâ€™s useless on a bad team), Bassy Telfair (a year away from signing in Italy), Gerald Green (a homeless manâ€™s J.R. Smith), Theo Ratliffâ€™s expiring deal, a 2009 lottery-protected No. 1 pick (congrats on picking in the mid-20s) and the return of Minnyâ€™s future No. 1 that was stupidly included in the Ricky Davis/Mark Blount-Wally Szczerbiak trade.