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Community Shootaround: Kevin Garnett

Can Kevin Garnett return for a 22nd NBA season? As he once famously said, anything is possible.

The problem is that Garnett hasn’t informed the Timberwolves of his intentions. With training camp opening in two weeks and important roster decisions to be made, Minnesota officials are going to need a decision soon.

Garnett is entering the final year of his contract with the Wolves and will make $8MM if he suits up. However, he turned 40 in May and is probably pondering whether the rigors of another season are worth it at his age. With Tim Duncan retiring and Andre Miller still unsigned, Garnett would be the league’s oldest player if returns for another season.

Garnett has eased into a mentor’s role since he returned to Minnesota in 2015. He appeared in 38 games last season, averaging just 14.6 minutes and 3.2 points per night. However, he has provided valuable instruction to the team’s young players, especially Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns.

Wolves owner Glen Taylor doesn’t want to rush Garnett into a decision, even if one doesn’t come before camp begins.

Kevin hasn’t told me or informed me yet if he’s coming back to play or if he isn’t coming back,” Taylor said recently. “I can only assume I’ll be hearing from him in the next three weeks.

That brings us to tonight’s question: Should Garnett try to play one more season or should he accept some other role in the Wolves organization? Take to the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions on the topic. We look forward to what you have to say.


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4 thoughts on “Community Shootaround: Kevin Garnett

  1. jmac10

    His leadership is immensely important on this young team. Towns can soar to All-NBA with his mentor ship. Would be huge for Thibs to have a guy like KG in the locker room.

  2. I think it’d be cool if he retired with Duncan and Kobe and have the best HOF class of all time. 3 of the top 5 players of their generation. I think he’s mentored Wiggins and KAT well enough where they have to reach their whole potential themselves. Retire a Timberwolves and retire happy.

  3. If he feels comfortable to play, then play AND mentor!. It’s always a treat to watch him play!

  4. Stay on the roster – at least until mid-season Salary cap benefits if he stays on the roster – at least until our biggest need combined with a specific roster option becomes available.

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