Timberwolves owner says team still waiting to hear from Kevin Garnett on next season

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Kevin Garnett has a contract to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves for $8 million next season. He has battled injuries for years and would spend little time on the court itself, but the team wants him as a respected mentor to Karl-Anthony Towns and the other young stars on the team.

Doc Rivers thinks Garnett will come back for a 22nd NBA season.

But the team has yet to hear anything from KG, owner Glen Taylor told Steve Aschburner of NBA.com.

“Kevin hasn’t told me or informed me yet if he’s coming back to play or if he isn’t coming back,” Wolves owner Glen Taylor told NBA.com Thursday. “I can only assume I’ll be hearing from him in the next three weeks.”

Three weeks is when training camp is set to open.

Taylor, coach Tom Thibodeau and the rest of the Minnesota management team are giving Garnett the time and space he wants to make his decision in his own time. They rightly feel Garnett has earned that.

Garnett and Towns formed a real bond last season, and if I had to guess he will return to help guide this team from inside the locker room for one more season. But if KG is waking up every morning without the drive to put the work in to get his 40-year-old body ready for the NBA season, well, maybe the decision has made itself.