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Timberwolves Acquire Kevin Garnett

8:28pm: The trade is official, the Nets have announced in a press release.

3:11pm: The Wolves want to re-sign Garnett for two more seasons this summer, according to Jon Kraczynski of The Associated Press (Twitter links). Garnett has known of this desire, Krawczynski adds, speculating that it factored into his decision to waive the no-trade clause.

1:44pm: Kevin Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause and the Nets will trade him to the Timberwolves for Thaddeus Young, reports TNT’s David Aldridge (Twitter link). The teams had been waiting on him to give his OK to the deal that will send him back to where his NBA career began nearly 20 years ago. ASM Sports, the agency for Garnett, has confirmed the agreement via Twitter (hat tip to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post).

The 38-year-old is earning $12MM for the season, and will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the campaign. The veteran has appeared in 42 games for Brooklyn this season, and is averaging 6.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 20.3 minutes per night. Garnett’s career averages are 18.3 PPG, 10.2 RPG, and 3.8 APG. His career shooting percentages are .497/.276/.790.

Garnett has said in the past that he hopes to buy the Wolves when his playing days are over.  The veteran had a no-trade clause in his contract and while he was reluctant to waive it all, he eventually did leave the door open for a deal that would bring him back to Minnesota.  There was also strong interest from the Clippers and coach/executive Doc Rivers, but KG was against the idea of a buyout.

Young, 26, is making $9,410,869 this season, and he has a player option worth $9,971,739 for the 2015/16 campaign. The 6’8″ forward has appeared in 48 games for Minnesota this season, and is averaging 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 33.4 minutes per game. His career numbers are 13.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 1.5 APG. Young’s career slash line is .495/.319/.698.

Just a few days ago, it was reported that Wolves president Flip Saunders had shown little inclination towards trading Young.  Of course, the deadline has a way of changing those things.  Recently, our own Chris Crouse analyzed Young as a trade candidate.

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12 thoughts on “Timberwolves Acquire Kevin Garnett

  1. Z....

    There has to he more going back to Minnesota. I have a hard time believing they’d move Thaddeus Young for an end of his career KG. That being said, my Timberwolves KG jersey probably is a little more viable now.

    • buffalonichols

      It’s a salary cap, leadership and ticket-selling move more than anything. They don’t have to worry about Young’s player option for next year and they get some Hall of Fame leadership in KG. Plus, he’ll sell some tickets for a couple months.

      • Z....

        the leadership is what I had assumed to be the reason for them to acquire him. I just think they could have got more for Thaddeus Young

    • Thunda-Pig

      Pure business but I agree that Minny messed up. They were unrealistic in thinking they could contend this year(if healthy better but not playoffs). They should took a first rounder in the love trade instead of young.

      • Z....

        I liked Thaddeus Young on that team, as he adds to their athleticism. I think they just got unlucky with some injuries, and their PG situation could have been better. Also, They moved Corey Brewer pretty early. I feel like they could have been a lot better if they did some things a little differently or they didnt have the injuries, but now it probably does make sense to accumulate more assets. I just think they should have been able to get more for Thaddeus Young

        • Thunda-Pig

          I don’t mind Young as a fit but I still think they were unrealistic to think they could contend. I liked their team last year, they were top 10 in defense and offense I believe but the worst team at closing because Rubio could not score and love couldn’t create. After losing love they were obviously taking a step back, but they didn’t want the fan base to think that and added young instead of an asset. Well now they are not contending Even if healthy they’re worse then Pelicans, Suns, OKC- same boat as Nuggets, and couldn’t get an asset for young (same level as affalo).

          • Z....

            I personally think they probably could have got a better deal for Young, but wanted KG back. So with that being the case, I cant blame them for taking Young when they did. I think he was also a good piece to have to help the younger guys understand what playing hard means. TY goes hard every single game. You want more players to be like him

          • Thunda-Pig

            I agree that Thad plays really hard and it is important to show the kids that coming from someone who plays (different from say Tyler hansbrough). Some teams are missing that-magic. But I think they should have traded young for an asset and acquired KG in offseason for just money if he really wants to play for 2 more years.

  2. KG sure not worried about a ring so why not go back home to where it started.

  3. Victor Gonzales

    KG seems like a mess alot of things i have read about him signal he has a bad attitude and is not really someone you want your young guys losing around.

    • Z....

      best possible thing that could have happened to the young guys in Minnesota IMO

  4. Daniel Morairity

    So kevin garnett is going back to his original team but the question is will garnett retire as a timberwolve or a Celtic

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