Garnett was pretty obvious as he had to waive his no trade clause in order for the trade with Boston to go through. We heard the story that at first he was thinking about retirement until Pierce talked him into accepting the deal.
The news that Blatche has a no trade clause is a little bit more surprising. But, as Stein writes, Blatche earned the right as a “one-year bird” or a player that has signed with the same team two seasons, or more, in a row.
Here’s more from Stein:
Players in these circumstances — having re-signed on a new one-year deal with their previous employer — would have to forfeit their free-agent Bird rights if traded elsewhere before the end of the current season. League rules thus dictate that such players have to be asked for their permission before they can be thrown into a trade, which gives them a measure of the clout possessed by a Kobe or a KG between now and the Feb. 20 deadline.
So while trades with this team are going to be unlikely, because of their complex salary situation, expect Blatche to stick around.