Celtics, Garnett agree to 3-year contract

Posted July 01, 2012, at 11:35 p.m.

BOSTON — Power forward Kevin Garnett has agreed to a three-year contract with the Boston Celtics believed to be worth around $34 million, the Boston Globe is reporting.

Garnett, an unrestricted free agent and a 17-year NBA veteran who has played the last five seasons with the Celtics, told the Celtics of his decision before the start of Sunday’s free agency negotiations, according to the Globe.

The 6-foot-11 Garnett has averaged 19.3 points and 10.6 rebounds a game in his 17 seasons, compiling 24,270 total points and 13,313 rebounds.

The NBA free-agency negotiation period began Sunday at 12:01 a.m. EDT, and the Knicks and Nets were expected to be among the more active teams.

Teams can’t sign free agents until July 11, so there is plenty of time to talk. It’s a guard-heavy group and some teams may save or just give out one-year deals to put themselves in position to sign Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Andrew Bynum and Josh Smith in 2013.

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