From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:
Multiple sources told the Daily News that the Nets GM inquired about Kevin Garnett’s desire to join Deron Williams in Brooklyn, but King didn’t get an answer while uncertainty surrounds the Celtics.
Garnett, 37, has a no-trade clause in his contract, which he vowed not to waive last season.
As much as the Nets would love Garnett, it’s an unlikely pairing given the obstacles. Not only is it still unclear whether he’d agree to join the Nets — which is what King was hoping to figure out — there’s also a very high hurdle of negotiating an inter-division trade.
But it’s no surprise King inquired about Garnett, a 15-time All-Star and former MVP. The Nets not only desire a reliable starting power forward, they could use a vocal and respected leader. Garnett fits the mold.
He was the Nets’ longshot free-agent target last summer, when King missed out on Dwight Howard before signing Kris Humphries to a two-year deal.
It’s clear from Bondy’s report that this was due diligence, not a serious discussion.
For the record, I had a feeling this was coming.
New York Daily News — Nets GM Billy King inquires about Celtic Kevin Garnett’s desire to head to Brooklyn