Kevin Garnett isn’t going anywhere just yet. According to several reports, the Big Ticket has agreed to re-sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves for at least one more season, although the specifics of his deal have not been disclosed. Here’s what KG and coach Flip Saunders had to say about Garnett returning for what will be an astonishing 21st season in the league. Via NBA.com:
“We are excited that KG has decided to continue his career with us,” said Timberwolves president of basketball operations and head coach Flip Saunders. “When we acquired him last year we hoped this would be evolve [sic] into a longer term relationship. KG re-signing shows his commitment to our franchise and his belief in the direction we’re headed. I know KG will bring his usual strong work ethic and leadership, and be a positive influence for our young guys as we continue to grow together.”
“I’m excited to be part of this process for the future,” Garnett said. “I can’t wait to build something special with this group of guys. Hopefully I can help, teach, and also continue to grow and learn from the young guys. It should be great… I’m looking forward to it all. The process to greatness starts now!”
The Timberwolves have an extremely promising young nucleus that includes reigning Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, dunk champ Zach LaVine, and number one overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns. Garnett’s presence will bring maturity and veteran leadership to a fledgling team that suddenly looks poised to make an impact on the league sooner rather than later.
Perhaps no one will benefit more than Towns – a 6-foot-11, defensive-minded center who can stretch the floor with his shooting. Garnett’s decision to return likely has more to do with aiding the development of the younger talent on the roster than any on-court production he might offer the Wolves at this stage of his career.
Whether the 39-year-old Garnett will continue playing beyond this season remains to be seen. With his return, he joins Kevin Willis and Robert Parish as the only players to make it 21 seasons in the NBA. Beyond that, it has been widely reported that Garnett plans to join Saunders in forming an ownership group that would make a bid to purchase the franchise from current owner Glen Taylor.