HoopsHype Kevin Garnett rumors

September 27, 2014 Updates

Kevin Garnett is trying his best not to copy Derek Jeter. Unlike Jeter, Garnett isn’t declaring this season — his 20th in the NBA — will be his last, despite plenty of speculation it will be. And he’s also hoping that, unlike Jeter, if this is his final year he won’t go out with a whimper. “I don’t like to [think like] that,” Garnett said when asked directly if this will be his final season during his media day interview session at the team’s New Jersey practice facility. “I like to come in each year and assess it. I’ve always said the days when I’m not feeling [passionate about] basketball…or when I don’t have the motivation to come in here, it’s time to move on. New York Post

But after spending yet another summer debating whether or not he should return to the NBA, Garnett seemed determined to try and enjoy what likely could be his final lap around the league, admitting the thought of retiring is always in the back of his mind. “It’s always somewhere in there, especially when you come up short for your goal for the year,” Garnett said. “So yeah, in the back of your mind you think about it. But the decision is either yes or no. It’s not like 50-50 I’m in the middle of the road or gray area. I’m a person that when you commit to something you commit to it. … It’s that simple. New York Post

September 26, 2014 Updates

In his first public comments since the Nets were still in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Garnett said Friday that he indeed contemplated retirement but has returned with a full commitment to 2014-15. "(The thought of retirement) is always somewhere in there, especially when you come up short for your goal for the year. But I must admit these last three years, I've thought about life and where basketball is as far as priority," Garnett said at Brooklyn's Media Day, which segues into the start of training camp Friday. "So yeah, in the back of your mind, you think about it. But the decision is either yes or no. It's not like 50-50 I'm in the middle of the road or gray area. I'm a person that when you commit to something, you commit to it. It's that simple." New York Daily News

September 15, 2014 Updates

Stefan Bondy: Hollins says retirement wasn't brought up in conversation with KG. Used an interesting analogy: "It's either you're pregnant or you're not." Twitter @nydninternets

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Saturday, Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders took time out of the news conference announcing the Love-to-Cleveland trade to retell the story. “Garnett didn’t want to leave,” Saunders said. “Garnett was here for 12 years, signed three contracts, had no trade clause, actually turned down trades early at first. But then when he found out this was going to be a total rebuild anyone that knows Kevin, Kevin wants to win. He wanted to be in a winning situation. So the perception that Love left because Garnett left, that’s not the right perception. (Garnett) loved it here and he gave a lot to this organization and wanted to stay here and be here. Like I said, anybody that’s here for 12 years, it shows his commitment to the organization. We feel that we’ve got players who are going to have that same type of commitment.” St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Staying in the frontcourt, what's the latest with Kevin Garnett? Has he talked to you yet about returning? Lionel Hollins: No, I haven't talked about that with him, but all reports that I have [from team management] is that he's coming back. It's his right to make that decision or change his mind if he has decided to come back or not come back. I'm not worried about that. That's out of my control. That's a decision that KG and his family have to make, and I'll leave it with him. Bleacher Report

August 8, 2014 Updates

Hollins said he has reached out to all 15 players on the roster, and heard back from all but two: Kevin Garnett and Joe Johnson. But Hollins said he wasn’t worried about that, and by the time the players return to the area in September, he’ll have spoken to everyone. “The important ones are the young guys and the new guys that are coming to the team,” he said. “I’ve had chances to talk to Brook [Lopez] on multiple occasions and Deron Williams, and so it’s been good. When we get to September, when everybody comes in I will have talked to everybody on the team and we’ll go forward.” New York Post

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