Kevin Garnett’s tenure with the Brooklyn Nets this season has been a frustrating one. First, the franchise opted not to re-sign his close friend Paul Pierce, the player who convinced Garnett to waive his no-trade clause and leave Boston in the first place.
Without Pierce, the Nets have floundered through the first half of the season, finishing with a disappointing 21-31 record at the All-Star break. With an aging core in place, Nets GM Billy King is looking to shake things up, with everyone from Joe Johnson to Brook Lopez reportedly on the trade block.
Garnett may be packing his bags as well, if he decides he want to return to one of his old teams. Marc Stein of ESPN.com fills us in:
The Minnesota Timberwolves are making an 11th-hour push before Thursday’s trade deadline to try to reacquire Wolves legend Kevin Garnett in a swap that would send Thaddeus Young to Brooklyn.
This scenario is likely confusing to many NBA fans. Why would a floundering lottery team like Timberwolves want to acquire the 38-year-old Garnett, a player on the verge of retirement? Stein explains:
The Wolves, sources say, hope that the chance to play out what might be his final NBA season as a member of the team that drafted him out of high school in 1995 — and under longtime coach Flip Saunders. …Saunders remains close with Garnett and is said to covet a reunion to bring back the most popular player in Wolves annals as a mentor to the many youngsters on the current roster, headlined by 2014’s No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins.
Garnett still holds a no-trade clause, so he would need to approve any deal before the trade deadline on Thursday. However, given the choice between a floundering near-playoff team in Brooklyn and a fun reunion tour in Minnesota, the possibility remains open.
Hearing cautious optimism emanating from Minneapolis that Kevin Garnett is leaning toward waiving no-trade clause and returning to Minnesota
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 19, 2015
In the meantime, Garnett wants to make sure everyone knows this: