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Kevin Garnett Leaning Toward Return to Minnesota, per Report

Minnesota Timberwolves big man Kevin Garnett has played in just five games since the trade deadline due to a knee injury and has a contract that runs out after this season. At the age of 39, it would seem like the right time for Garnett to call it quits after a long and illustrious career. However, it seems he may have other ideas:

Garnett would obviously take a major pay cut after making $12 million this season, but would bringing him back be even worth it for Minnesota?

The trade itself for Garnett didn’t make much sense basketball wise, as the Wolves traded a productive young player in Thaddeus Young in order to bring in the aging Garnett. Sure, Young may have been out the door in free agency, but Minnesota may have been able to get more value for him in a trade.

Instead, the Wolves got Garnett, with the idea that he could mentor all of the younger players on the roster while building the necessary relationships to make it easier for him to transition into a management position with the franchise, whether that’s in the front office or as an owner. There was also plenty of nostalgia associated with the move.

Minnesota has been a train wreck this season, but perhaps Garnett can help get the organization back on track. For that to happen, though, the team’s key players, including Ricky Rubio, need to get healthy:

It’s a long road ahead for Minnesota.

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