Taylor has wanted someone who would buy a minority stake in the franchise with the plan to eventually take control. He also wants someone who would keep the team in Minnesota, a loyalty not everyone shares.
How about someone so loyal, he had to be talked into allowing a trade from the Timberwolves – the greatest player in franchise history?
Kevin Garnett, via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
“I want to buy the Timberwolves. Put a group together and perhaps some day try to buy the team. That’s what I want,” Garnett said after a 107-99 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.
Garnett has more than an estimated $315 million in career salary, and he’s earned millions more in endorsements. But the latest Forbes estimates, which have tended to run low lately, valued the Timberwolves at $430 million – and that was before the new national TV contracts.
Though Garnett can’t afford to buy the Timberwolves alone, if he has made the right investments, it’s possible he could purchase a majority share.
Michael Jordan is the only former player to own a controlling interest in a team, the Hornets, and it would be pretty cool to see Garnett follow in his footsteps. The notoriously competitive Jordan had to adjust his mindset before allowing Charlotte to take a long-term rebuilding plan, and Garnett – whose own passion runs hot – would face similar challenges.
Even if Garnett winds up with only a minority share of the team, like Shaquille O’Neal has with the Kings or Magic Johnson had with the Lakers, it’s clear his fondness for his first team has not eroded. That should make Taylor at least listen to an offer.