Two of the greatest players of their generation retired at the end of last season, each in their own quintessential way. Kobe Bryant said the long goodbye with a sprawling 82-game farewell tour, while Tim Duncan opted for a decidedly more low-key exit. Before all is said and done, however, we might see yet another legend call it quits on a surefire Hall of Fame career.
Kevin Garnett‘s future with the Timberwolves has been up in the air for some time now. The Big Ticket returned to Minnesota in 2015 and has since assumed what’s primarily been a mentorship role for their collection of young talent. Earlier this week, owner Glen Taylor said he still had no sense of whether KG plans to play next season, but according to a new report, it appears the two sides are in the process of discussing a buyout.
Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Garnett will retire. He could potentially try to join a contender next season for one more shot at a title. However, when Garnett initially returned to the ‘Wolves in 2015, there was talk about him joining Flip Saunders in a bid to purchase the team from Taylor upon his retirement. Saunders’ death last year obviously complicated that endeavor, but that doesn’t mean Garnett isn’t still interested in the possibility. Things should become much clearer once the proposed buyout is finalized.