Nets, Timberwolves in ‘serious’ discussions over KG trade

By on February 19, 2015

Could Kevin Garnett head back to where it all started for him?Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images Could Kevin Garnett head back to where it all started for him?

LOS ANGELES — Kevin Garnett has struggled since his move from Boston to Brooklyn, finding it difficult to deal with a rather rapid decline in his physical capabilities.

But at 38 years old and in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career, would he agree to leave?

Garnett may be forced to answer this question by the 3 p.m. trade deadline Thursday, because the Nets and Timberwolves have engaged in “serious” discussions to send the power forward back to the team that drafted him nearly 20 years ago, sources confirmed.

The Timberwolves (11-42), the worst team in the Western Conference, are offering a package highlighted by Thaddeus Young, who is 12 years younger than Garnett but can opt out of his contract after the season and become a free agent.

Garnett is one of the few players in the NBA with a no-trade clause, and he’s stubborn about change. Earlier this month, Garnett said he’s “all in” with the Nets when asked about a potential buyout, citing the inconvenience of relocating his family as a reason to stay in Brooklyn.

“When that road comes, I’ll cross it and I’ll deal with it,” he said. “A lot of things with family, situation and things, it’s not just convenient to get up and move, to change things. It’s not as convenient as it once was when I was younger. I have a lot more responsibilities and things to take into account.”

But the Timberwolves hold some nostalgic value. Garnett’s still a legend in Minnesota as the greatest player in franchise history, leading the team through the only prosperous time in its history.

The May 3, 1999 Sports Illustrated cover featuring a 22-year-old Kevin Garnett.AP The May 3, 1999 Sports Illustrated cover featuring a 22-year-old Kevin Garnett.

He has a long and healthy relationship with current T-Wolves coach Flip Saunders, who was Garnett’s first NBA coach from 1995 to 2005.

Garnett has also expressed interest in buying a piece of the Timberwolves after he retires.

The feeling within the Nets is that Garnett will opt to remain in Brooklyn, which, despite its disappointing 21-31 record, is fighting for a playoff spot in the weak Eastern Conference. A message to Garnett’s agent was not immediately returned.

Garnett, earning $ 12 million in the final season of his contract, is averaging 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 20 minutes this season, frequently sitting out the second games of back-to-back because of his age.

Young, a 6-8 forward, is averaging 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 33 minutes.

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