HoopsHype Kevin Garnett rumors


March 1, 2015 Updates

Minnesota is headed for another draft lottery. But the development of Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Ricky Rubio, Shabazz Muhammad, and even Anthony Bennett could be enhanced by even a short time playing with Garnett. “I will say it does feel like full circle,” he said. “But coming back I feel like I have not only something to give but I’m experienced. I’ve seen different organizations on how they do things. Hopefully one day in the near future, I don’t know — the next five, 10 years — I’m into management, I’m into ownership, and I want to experience some of those same things if not bring those same things to whatever franchise I’m dealing with. If I was going to waive my no-trade [clause] it was going to be just for this. It wasn’t going to be . . . I know you heard the talks of me and Doc [Rivers] getting back together, I had no added incentives to do that. Boston Globe

February 27, 2015 Updates
February 26, 2015 Updates

"We had no idea we were going to take him in the first round," McHale, vice president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, says. "I didn't even want to go see him. I thought it was a waste of time. Then we went, and Flip Saunders [then Minnesota's general manager] and I were in the car afterward, and we just looked at each other. I said, 'Wow, we're going to pick a high school kid in the first round.' It was that obvious. "This was our first draft. Flip and I were both new. Our owner was also new. How do you tell him that the first thing he's going to do is sign this high school kid? I think we figured if it went bad, we'd just say, 'Hey, it was our first draft. We didn't know what we were doing.'" Sports Illustrated

And when an overweight fan yanked off his shirt in the third quarter to reveal "Welcome Home, KG" written on his chest, Garnett laughed and tapped his chest to acknowledge it. "I had to give him a big shoutout," Garnett said. "That was probably one of the craziest things I've seen in 15 years." USA Today Sports

Saunders acquired Garnett to push Wiggins, LaVine and others on professionalism and defense, an effort that began with Garnett's first practice the day before. Garnett arrived 90 minutes early, before any other player, and his intensity startled his new teammates. Twice, Garnett yelled at veteran center Nikola Pekovic for not getting back on defense. "He yelled at a couple of young guys, too," said guard Ricky Rubio. "I don't know how to do it yet. I'm too nice. So I hope he teaches me that bad side." USA Today Sports

The Timberwolves sold more than 6,000 individual game tickets since Thursday, according to spokesman Brad Ruiter, who also attributed most of 400 new season tickets sold since the All-Star break to Garnett. "We think we'll sell most of our single-game tickets for the rest of the year," T'wolves President Chris Wright said. "People want to see K.G. before he goes." USA Today Sports

February 25, 2015 Updates
February 24, 2015 Updates

"I figure if LeBron can go home, then -- shhhh--! -- why can't I?" Garnett said Tuesday at Target Center, his return to the Minnesota Timberwolves underway at an afternoon news conference. NBA.com

"This is probably the most talent on this team since the Timberwolves been assembled," said Garnett, the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2004 when he led Minnesota to the Western Conference finals. "The talent on here is endless. ... I feel like they've got the tools to be whatever they want to be for the future. I want to help with that transition." NBA.com

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