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.