Fans of the Boston Celtics can tell you how the trade that brought Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett to the Celtics from the Minnesota Timberwolves, but if you ask many a Boston fan exactly what led the T-Wolves to deal away a player of KG’s caliber, you might not get as many accurate answers.
And to be honest, a lot went into Garnett’s exit from Minnesota. But one incident, in particular, can be seen as emblematic of the dysfunction leading to the Big Ticket taking a one-way trip to the city of Boston from Minneapolis in the summer of 2007.
That would be the disaster that was the debacle surrounding the Joe Smith signings, a series of events that got the ‘Wolves into some hot water with the league and set up the franchise toward their trajectory of dealing KG to the Celtics.
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