Kevin Garnett just finished his 21st season in the NBA and will be turning 40 years old next month heading into the final year of his contract. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that Garnett may be announcing his retirement very soon.
In an interview with ESPN about Prince’s death, Garnett was asked what his plans are for next season. The 39-year-old basketball legend has only a year remaining on his deal worth $8 million.
“I pride myself on being loyal. I think I’ve proven that by coming back home to finish my career. I need to see how the next few weeks turn out to truly understand if everyone has that same loyalty. Then I will know what my future holds,” Garnett said.
NBA rumors in Minnesota imply that team owner Glen Taylor is actively selling 30 percent of the Timberwolves to group private equity investors led by Steve Kaplan. Garnett had plans to buy the franchise along with an ownership group and Flip Saunders.
However, Saunders suddenly passed away after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last August 2015. If Taylor agrees on the deal, it will only take a short amount of time before Kaplan and his group takes over the franchise.
“The Big Ticket” has seen and won it all in his 21-year career that started in 1995 when he was drafted by Timberwolves with the fifth overall pick. Saunders gave him the opportunity to flourish and became the greatest player in franchise history.
Garnett won the 2004 MVP Award with the Timberwolves and led them to the Western Conference Finals, but they lost to the mighty Los Angeles Lakers. He was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007 where he won his lone NBA championship.
He played six seasons in Boston before being dealt to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013. His play has declined at that point and was traded to Minnesota at the trade deadline last season.
There is no confirmation regarding Garnett’s future but new head coach Tom Thibodeau might convince him to play one more year. Thibodeau was an assistant coach for the Celtics during their 2008 championship run.
Besides Garnett, there are just a handful of players from their generation including Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter and Paul Pierce.
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