It has been nearly a decade, but on Tuesday, we got to see Kevin Garnett with a Minnesota Timberwolves jersey again. The Wolves introduced Garnett to the media, and the 38-year-old will make his “debut” in Minnesota on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards:
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 24, 2015
Garnett returns to the team that drafted him fifth overall directly out of high school in 1995. The big man blossomed into one of the most devastating forces in the NBA in Minnesota, but he never enjoyed much postseason success and left on not-so-great terms when he was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007. The move turned out to be good for Garnett, who won his first NBA title in 2008 with Boston.
Garnett’s time with the Brooklyn Nets was rather uneventful, but the opportunity to return to Minnesota became real when trade talks involving a swap of Thaddeus Young progressed the day before the trade deadline. The Wolves wanted to do the deal, and all Garnett had to do was waive his no-trade clause. The way he talked on Tuesday, it was an easy decision, according to the Associated Press:
“It’s perfect,” Garnett said on Tuesday at a re-introductory news conference that came five days after he was acquired from Brooklyn in a trade. “If you have a story, this is a fairy tale. This is a perfect ending to it. This is how you want to do it.”
Garnett also delivered this gem:
KG: if LeBron can go home, shit why can't i?
— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) February 24, 2015
The Wolves hope Garnett can be a mentor for all the of the talented youngsters on the roster, and when his playing career is finally over, he hopes to transition into an ownership role someday.