Report: Kevin Garnett will move to management role if he can’t play second year of contract with Timberwolves

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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.