Celtics announce signings of Kevin Garnett, 2 others
July 17, 2012, 12:28 am TWN
WALTHAM, Massachusetts -- The Boston Celtics made it official: Kevin Garnett is coming back as part of the team's efforts to keep key pieces after losing Ray Allen to the Miami Heat.
More than a week after Garnett reportedly agreed to a three-year contract, the team announced Saturday that he, forward Brandon Bass and center-forward Chris Wilcox had re-signed.
Backup forward Jeff Green, who missed all last season with an aortic aneurysm that required surgery, and free agent guard Jason Terry still haven't signed but were at a news conference with Bass, Wilcox and Celtics president Danny Ainge.
The deals for Green and Terry could be signed next week, but the delays are the result of the team's maneuvering under the new collective bargaining agreement.
“We hope to resolve those sometime in the near future,” Ainge said. “Things are moving forward.”
Garnett, the Celtics' emotional leader, is the most important player returning, especially after Allen's decision to leave as a free agent broke up the Big Three of him, Garnett and Paul Pierce that won one championship in five seasons together. Last season, the Celtics reached the Eastern Conference finals where they lost to eventual champion Miami in seven games.