Future Hall of Fame forward Kevin Garnett is holding talks with Minnesota Timberwolves’ owner Glen Taylor regarding his future with the franchise. In an interview with Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, new Timberwolves’ head coach Tom Thibodeau said a decision on the matter is expected soon.
“Glen and Kevin and his representatives are in discussions,” said Thibodeau. “We’ll keep that private for now, and we’ll see how it unfolds. But, obviously, what Kevin has meant to our league, the organization, he’s earned the right to have those discussions with Glen.”
Garnett is under contract to play next season for $8 million. The 40-year-old has played sparingly over the last two seasons thanks to some knee trouble, though, and was limited to just 38 games in 2015-2016. If he Garnett decides against playing next season, a job somewhere else within the Timberwolves’ organization is a likely alternative.
In Garnett’s first 21 seasons in the NBA, he has averaged 17.8 points, 10 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. He spent the first 12 seasons of his career in Minnesota after being drafted No. 5 overall by the team back in 1995.
“K.G.” won his only league MVP Award in 2004 when he averaged 22.2 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks and led the Timberwolves to the best regular season record in the Western Conference. The team would also advance to the conference finals that season, only to be knocked out by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics following the 2006-2007 campaign and helped the heralded franchise to their first NBA title in over 20 years in his first season. After six years with the Celtics he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets before eventually returning to Minnesota in 2015.
Timberwolves’ training camp gets underway next week and the team opens their season on October 26 against the Memphis Grizzlies.