Bulls never in the running for Garnett, our roster didn't have what they wanted:
The lack of a promising young big man eliminated the Chicago Bulls from
being a serious player in trading for Kevin Garnett when he was traded
from the Minnesota Timberwolves three years ago, said the general
manager who dealt him.
Kevin McHale, who was the Timberwolves
general manager from 1995-2009, traded the franchise's biggest star in
July of 2007 to the Boston Celtics for a package of players built
around 6-foot-11 Al Jefferson, then a 22-year-old coming off his first
significant NBA season, averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds during the
McHale said the Bulls, long rumored in deals for
Garnett, who was drafted out of Farragut Academy in Chicago in 1995,
couldn't compete with the top two bidders.
"I talked to the
Bulls some about things, but at the end it really came down to I
thought the best offer was to get a good, young big man, either Al
Jefferson -- who we ended up taking -- or we were talking to the Lakers
about Andrew Bynum," McHale said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy
Show" on ESPN 1000. "Both of those guys were involved. It was just the
decision that we wanted to go with a big guy and try to get a post-type
player and a defender.
"We talked to [the Bulls] off and on. I just didn't think that the pieces fit quite as good."
I've always had this in the "no duh" world of trade rumors, but there were a considerable amount of people who viewed the Bulls failure to land Garnett as a critical failure by management rather than simply not having as good a player to offer as the Boston Celtics.
Well Kevin McHale lays that one to bed by simply stating flat out that they weren't interested in what we had to offer because we didn't have the big man they needed.
Nice to cross that one off the list of regrets, though honestly, I can't say I even regret not getting KG at that point. We weren't ready to win a title in KG's first year, he was injured in the playoffs the next year, and he looks old already this year. Trading a bunch of stuff for KG wouldn't have ended up helping us in at all anyway.