The last time Kevin Garnett set foot on an NBA court was Jan. 23, and he played just nine minutes in that game before tweaking his knee. Since then — and frankly, for much of the season — he’s been like an extra assistant coach focused on the development of the young talent on the Timberwolves roster. He seems to be good at it, at least based on what we saw against the Warriors the other night.
Is this how Garnett will leave the game, or will he be back next season? Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor expects him back.
Garnett is under contract for $8 million next season (and he has a no-trade clause). If he wants to come back, he’ll be back. He has the power.
This is KG’s 2ist0th NBA season, and just like Kobe Bryant (20 years) we can see the wear and tear of all those miles on their bodies and their games. The NBA record for longest NBA career is 21 years, by Kevin Willis and Robert Parish, and Garnett could break that next season if he so chooses.
The expectation is Garnett will try to get healthy and in shape this summer, and if he can he can he’ll make one more go of it (playing in a limited role — 15 minutes a night trying to stabilize the defense of the second unit — and likely getting a bit of a farewell tour of this own). If his body says no to him this summer, he retires. Then he moves into some level of front office role with the team.
But anyone who has watched him over the years knows Garnett wants to play. And does not want to be forced out of the game by injuries.