"I've won Player of the Month before. They don't ever give me anything for it. A new car, something, a plaque." - Paul Pierce

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Kevin Garnett - PF/C, 6'11, 253
Retired - Retired after 2016 season
       Date of birth: 05/19/1976
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 5th pick, 1995
     Out of: Farragut Academy HS
  NBA Experience: 21 years
  Hand: Right

1995 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 5th overall by Minnesota.
2nd October, 1995 NBA Signed three year, $5,597,280 rookie scale contract with Minnesota.
1st October, 1997 NBA Signed a six year, $126 million extension with Minnesota.
1st October, 2003 NBA Signed a five year, $100 million extension with Minnesota. Included early termination option after 2007/08 season.
31st July, 2007 NBA Traded by Minnesota to Boston in exchange for Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes, Theo Ratliff, cash, the return of Minnesota's 2009 first round pick (#6, Jonny Flynn), and a protected 2009 first round pick (#28, Wayne Ellington). Concurrent to the trade, Garnett declined his 2008/09 ETO, and signed a three year, $56,496,132 extension.
14th July, 2012 NBA Re-signed by Boston to a partially guaranteed three year, $36 million contract.
12th July, 2013 NBA Traded by Boston, along with Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and D.J. White, to Brooklyn in exchange for Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, a signed-and-traded Keith Bogans, a 2014 first round pick (#17, James Young), a 2016 first round pick (#3, Jaylen Brown), the right to swap 2017 first round picks (exercised; Boston moved from #27 and Kyle Kuzma to #1 and Markelle Fultz), and a 2018 first round pick.
19th February, 2015 NBA Traded by Brooklyn to Minnesota in exchange for Thaddeus Young.
10th July, 2015 NBA Re-signed by Minnesota to a two year, $16.5 million contract.
24th September, 2016 NBA Waived by Minnesota.
When: Where:
June 1995 - July 2007 Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
July 2007 - June 2013 Boston Celtics (NBA)
July 2013 - February 2015 Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
February 2015 - September 2016 Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
From blog:

   All-Star memories: Michael Jordan’s last hurrah

[...] The All-Star game itself was not half bad, either. The first and thus far only All-Star game to go to double overtime, it saw 300 total points scored, an in-his-prime Allen Iverson doing what an in-his-prime Allen Iverson did at All-Star games, and an in-his-prime Kevin Garnett dominate proceedings on his way to the MVP trophy. Shaq faced off with Brad Miller for the first significant time since Shaq tried to kill him, an amusing in-game report spoke of Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce’s outrages at playing so few minutes, Yao Ming looked woefully out of place on his way to two points and two rebounds, and the close finish saw the game’s very best turn up the intensity and play at something resembling their very hardest. It was good fun to watch, right down to the Zydrunas Ilgauskas experience. Even the 52 turnovers were aesthetically pleasing.

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   The increasing value of 1st-round picks

[...] The lure of first-round picks is in what they can yield, not what they always do. It is well established, of course, that many first-round picks are failures relative to expectation, and this is truer the lower they are. However, first-rounders can yield star talent, star talent that has no choice but to sign with you. It can yield quality role players for basement prices, and it can yield contributors in any form you choose. Most importantly, however, first-rounders are always young and cheap. Bad teams need this to get good, and good teams need this to stay good when the market forces and punitive luxury taxes designed to break them up necessitate they cut costs. Talent is talent, but cheap, young talent is the best type of talent.

Back at the start of the summer, Utah took on a whopping $25 million in salary that it didn't want in the forms of Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush, purely to acquire two first-round picks and three second-round picks from the Golden State Warriors. The Jazz did this because it was more beneficial to their long-term rebuilding goal to target first-round picks, and that amount of money is now the cost of acquiring them. Or at least, it should be. First-round picks should be a valued commodity, much more than they were. Now, it seems as though they finally are.

A cursory look at the market indicates this change in philosophy. The last few deals to have included first-round picks include:

- Washington trading a pick (top-12 protected in 2014, top-10 protected through 2019, thereafter unprotected) along with Emeka Okafor in exchange for Marcin Gortat.

- Indiana trading a pick (lottery protected through 2019, thereafter unprotected) along with Miles Plumlee and Gerald Green in exchange for Luis Scola

- Boston acquiring first-rounders in all of 2014, 2016 and 2018 as a part of the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett deal

- New Orleans acquiring Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson in exchange for the rights to Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round pick

- Toronto acquiring a 2016 first-round pick from New York -- along with two second-round picks, Steve Novak and Marcus Camby -- in exchange for Andrea Bargnani

In that list, we mostly see first-rounders traded for quality. Hall of Fame players like Pierce and Garnett, fringe All-Stars like Holiday or non-lottery picks for a legitimate starting center in Gortat. The ones where we don't see that -- the deals for Scola and Bargnani -- therefore stand out as bad deals for that reason. The inclusion of the first-round picks in each instance leaves the recipient team drastically overpaying for backup-caliber forwards. And if he's not re-signed or extended, the Gortat deal might join them.

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