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Kevin Garnett agrees to extension with Celtics

6-9-12: Miami, FL: Celtics center, and free agent to be Kevin Garnett is pictured on the floor late in what could have been his final game in a Boston uniform. The Boston Celtics visited the Miami Heat for Game Seven of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the American Airlines Arena. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section: sports topic: Celtics-Heat

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Kevin Garnett.

The Celtics’ offseason puzzle just got a little easier to manage as Kevin Garnett has agreed to return to the club on a three-year contract, sources have confirmed. Garnett was considering retirement but will come back to TD Garden on a contract at about half of the $21 million he earned last season.

Garnett was eligible for an extension and the Celtics had been negotiating with the future Hall of Famer for the past two weeks. Garnett seriously considered retirement but finished last season with such a strong push that he agreed to return, giving the Celtics another legitimate chance to compete for the NBA title.

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Garnett averaged 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds last season but that improved to 19.2 and 10.3 in the postseason. Celtics coach Doc Rivers moved Garnett to center after the All-Star Break and he flourished in that role.

With Garnett back, team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge can now concentrate on bringing back Brandon Bass and perhaps Ray Allen as well as a free-agent center. Free agency officially begins Saturday at midnight.

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