Celtics officially announce Garnett signing
The Boston Celtics made it official.
The team announced the signing of star forward Kevin Garnett to a three-year contract Saturday. The deal, believed to be worth $34 million, was initially reported by Yahoo!Sports and the Boston Herald on June 30.
Garnett, 36, earned $21 million last season with the Celtics as he averaged 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in helping them reach the Eastern Conference finals. He averaged 19.2 points and 10.3 rebounds in the playoffs.
The team also announced the re-signings Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox, as well as agreeing to contracts with Jeff Green and Jason Terry. The deals for Green and Terry are expected to be finalized next week, according to ESPN Boston.
Danny Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, addressed Ray Allen’s decision to sign with the rival Miami Heat, saying that Boston wanted to keep Allen.
“I don’t feel like we lost Ray, I feel like Ray left us to go to Miami,” Ainge told ESPN Boston. “We appreciate all that Ray’s done, and all that him and (Allen’s wife) Shannon have done in our community. We tried to get Ray back; he chose to go to Miami.”
Allen, 37, reportedly took less money to sign a three-year contract with the Heat on Wednesday to increase his chances of winning another NBA title.
Miami defeated Boston in the Eastern Conference finals and went on to win the league championship over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“You’d have to ask Ray the decisions why (he signed with Miami),” Ainge said. “I talked with Ray a lot over the last five years, I’m a fan of Ray and, like I said, I’m grateful for what he’s done. He’ll always be part of that 2008 championship and the success we’ve had since then as well. But, I have a feeling that it wasn’t one thing. I think it was an accumulation of lots of things, including the lure of Miami. I’ll just leave it at that.”
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