In an interview with Sina the big Chinese media company Kevin Garnett says he wouldn't have waived his no-trade clause and "without a doubt" retired if he had been separated from Paul Pierce.

As reported by Celtic Life he was asked by a Sina reporter what he would have done if he had been dealt without Pierce. According to a machine translation KG said "I would refuse (to waive the no-trade clause) if I was traded away I would choose to retire without a doubt."

The Nets made certain that didn't happen by putting together a Draft Day deal to acquire both. As Billy King and others have said the Nets and Celtics initially had a deal only for Pierce -- Kris Humphries and the 2016 pick -- then expanded it to include Garnett and Jason Terry. The final piece was Garnett agreeing to waive the no-trade clause. Garnett also got an agreement from the Nets to fully guarantee his $12 million contract in 2014-15.