Tar Heel Connections to the Garnett Trade

Two starters from the 2005 NCAA title team find themselves on both ends of the Kevin Garnett to Boston trade. The Celtics have signed Jackie Manuel out of the NBDL so they don’t have to resort to picking up whoever is at the Cambridge YMCA to fill out their roster. Boston GM Danny Ainge called Manuel a “great defender” which was his MO when he helped UNC take the national title in 2005.

On the other end of the trade, Rashad McCants find himself in the middle of what can only be described as a mess. Minnesota received five players and two draft picks back for Garnett. The incoming group of players are largely mediocre or will most likely not be in Minnesota beyond next season. McCants is recovering from surgery to repair microfractures in his knee and now sees Garnett traded for a gaggle of parts that no one can be certain will fit together.

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2 Responses to Tar Heel Connections to the Garnett Trade

  1. josh bowling says:

    I Always get excited when defense draws recognition. I just fell in love with Jackie’s humility on that team and willingness to do whatever he was told his role would be. Isn’t it great to see our Tarheels be desired by nba teams and personelle?! Make the best of your opportunities Jackie. We are the “farm team” for the nba. That is what we do. We hone players to be great in the professionals, unlike our neighbors next door. If you are looking for a good productive nba player, look no further than the University of North Carolina.

  2. Chris says:

    I don’t really think that Carolina has been any more of a farm team for the NBA than has Duke. What is more interesting to me is that Carolina has produced many more quality coaches coming out of their system than has Coach K.

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