Timberwolves still waiting for word on Kevin Garnett’s plans for next season
Kevin Garnett has played in the NBA for 21 seasons, but whether he plays in his 22nd is still up in the air.
Garnett is on a Timberwolves team full of youth and potential for this next season. The key is that Garnett can still be viable to Minnesota.
Garnett brings a veteran presence and he can help teach the young guys the right mentality and play that they will need to be successful in the NBA. Garnett knows what it takes to win an NBA championship and fight hard in playoff games.
It is quite an honor and a sign of respect for Garnett to be back playing with the team that drafted him, even though his numbers have dropped off. For his career, Garnett has averaged 17.8 points and 10.0 rebounds a game; last season, he only averaged 3.2 points and 3.9 rebounds.
The T-Wolves owe Garnett $8 million for this next season if he does decide to play. Financially speaking, he has every reason to play, getting that kind of money to primarily be on the bench.
According to Steve Aschburner of NBA.com’s Hang Time Blog, Wolves owner Glen Taylor had this to say about Garnett:
“Kevin hasn’t told me or informed me yet if he’s coming back to play or if he isn’t coming back. I can only assume I’ll be hearing from him in the next three weeks.”
Three weeks from now is when the T-Wolves start their training camp and they will need to know if Garnett is going to be there. Garnett has a long history in the NBA and has always been a fighter so it is hard to see him retiring now. The team still has some use for him, and they might finally taste success for the first time in years.
Kevin Garnett being on the team along side head coach Tom Thibodeau will give their young guns quite the duo to learn from.