Kevin Garnett has come full circle.
KG spent the first 12 years of his career in Minnesota where he was the “Big Ticket.” He was a 10-time All-Star in that window and one of the top players in the NBA. He was eventually traded to Boston (where he won a ring) and then to Brooklyn.
Now Garnett is waiving his no-trade clause so he can likely end his career where it started — multiple reports have him agreeing to return to Minnesota in exchange for Thaddeus Young. David Aldridge of TNT was first.
This has since been confirmed by Andy Miller, Garnett’s agent.
Garnett is the final year of his contract and likely retires after this season.
Minnesota is a young team loaded with potential, guys like Andrew Wiggins and the recently returned from injury Ricky Rubio, Gorgui Dieng, Slam Dunk Contest champion Zach LaVine and others. Having Garnett around to lead them — even for half a season — can only help their development.
Thaddeus Young and his 14.3 points a game gets thrown into the heart of the race for the final playoff spots in the East. Young can play on the wing with Joe Johnson and is an upgrade for the Nets. Their problem is other teams in that hunt — Miami and Detroit — also have upgraded. The race for the eight seed in the East just got very interesting.