It’s been common knowledge for a while that Kevin Garnett was going to re-sign with the Timberwolves, and he agreed to a deal earlier in the week. Now, the terms have become public, as reported by the Associated Press‘ Jon Krawczynski: $16 million over two years.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune previously reported that Garnett’s new deal would have a provision to allow him to move into a management role with the Wolves if he decided not to play the second season. He’s already 39, going into his 21st season, so the safe assumption is that this will be it. But Garnett is a competitive guy. If he feels like he has something left after this year, he could put off retirement a little longer.
It had been expected for some time now that Kevin Garnett would re-up to play with the Timberwolves next season.
But when the news became official and it turned out that the deal was for two years, it raised at least a few eyebrows.
Garnett only appeared in five games after being traded to Minnesota last year, and sat out his team’s final 21 contests, reportedly due to injury.
As he enters what will be a record 21st NBA season, it’s worth wondering whether Garnett will hold up physically in order to play a 22nd. But whether he does or he doesn’t, he’ll remain employed by the Timberwolves.
Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune:
Kevin Garnett will return for a 21st NBA season on a two-year contract, according to a league source with knowledge of an agreement that’s been considered mostly a formality for weeks.
Like the three-year deal the Wolves and Nemanja Bjelica agreed to, Garnett’s deal can be signed according to NBA rules starting on Thursday.
The agreement likely has a provision that Garnett will move into a managerial role with the team if he is not healthy enough to play the 2016-17 season.
Garnett eventually landing in the Timberwolves front office has always made some sense. He began his NBA career in Minnesota, and was considered the face of the franchise for 12 seasons. Even in merely an ambassador role, Garnett would be a welcome addition to the team’s operation once his playing days are done.
Kevin Garnett spent the first 12 years of his NBA career in Minnesota with the Timberwolves, and was traded back there in what was mostly a feel-good move by the franchise at the deadline last season.
Garnett appeared in just five games in total for the Timberwolves, and sat out the team’s final 21 games of the regular season.
He was always expected back, though, and met with several players as part of Minnesota’s pre-draft process. Garnett’s return now appears to be somewhat official.
Long expected to re-sign in Minnesota for at least another year at age 39, Garnett’s contract is “done,” according to 1500ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson.
Terms of the deal were not immediately known.
“I’m incredibly excited and rejuvenated to be a part of this talented, committed team,” Garnett said, in a statement passed along to Wolfson.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that it’ll be a two-year deal once the free agency moratorium is lifted later this week.
Garnett will likely act as a mentor for the team’s stable of young bigs, which includes a reigning Rookie of the Year in Andrew Wiggins, a former No. 1 overall pick in Anthony Bennett, and this summer’s top pick in the NBA Draft, Karl-Anthony Towns.
This will be Garnett’s 21st season, which ties him with Robert Parish and Kevin Willis for the most all-time in NBA history.