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February 24, 2015 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves have released an additional 1,000 tickets for Kevin Garnett's return. Garnett will put on a Timberwolves uniform again when Minnesota plays host to Washington on Wednesday night. ESPN.com

February 23, 2015 Updates

Garnett is expected to immediately become Cultural Minister of the Wolves. He's unofficially in charge of changing the attitude, the habits, the expectations of the young team. The locker room will become something like Father Flanagan's Boys Town -- home for wayward boys -- with Garnett starring in the title role. "He changed their culture," Saunders said of Garnett's time with the Boston Celtics. "Doc (Rivers) told me that. They had veteran players and everything else, but when he went in the locker room, the music was cut off and everything." St. Paul Pioneer Press

The NBA team’s fans are buzzing again with last week’s announcement that the 38-year-old Garnett would play his first game for the team since being acquired from the Brooklyn Nets last week on Wednesday night. What’s the “KG Effect” for fans? Here are the pre-trade prices for the next couple of games: The increases are impacting the lower priced tickets most. Prices are up 63 percent for the most expensive seats on the sidelines the lower bowl at Target Center, 105% in the corners, 134% on the ends. MPRNews

February 21, 2015 Updates

When he reached junior-high school and became a Wolves ball boy, Saunders spent countless hours shagging missed shots for a young star who on Thursday returned to the franchise that drafted him 20 years ago. Garnett still is its all-time leader in games played, minutes played, rebounds, steals, blocked shots and points, and all by a large margin. “Outside of my mother and father, I learned more from him on how to carry yourself, how to be a professional and how to be disciplined in life,” Saunders said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

And in the process, Saunders believes all that time spent together made him a better person. “I was a quiet kid,” said Saunders, who 20 years later seems still not all that different. “I just sat and listened to him a lot. I learned a ton from him. He always took care of me.” Saunders remembers Garnett always outfitting him with sneakers and apparel from whatever shoe deal Garnett’s agent had negotiated at the time. Those gestures saved a father who now owns part of the team money when it came to clothing his own kid. “One thing about KG is he takes care of all his people,” Flip Saunders said. “That’s one thing people don’t understand. He never liked to do anything in public. He wanted to do things on his own, things no one knew about. He took care of the people who were close to him very much.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

February 20, 2015 Updates

Garnett waited until the final hour before Thursday’s 2 p.m. trade deadline to waive a no-trade clause in his contract so that he could return to the place where it all started for him professionally. That contract with a $12 million salary expires this summer, but Garnett isn’t coming back merely to play out the season’s remaining 29 games. He is expected to sign an extension this summer to play probably for another two seasons, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s negotiations with him. And he could be looking for the chance to make good on a hope he expressed last fall of one day owning the Wolves. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The two sides found common ground, although Taylor said that Garnett’s ownership desires were not part of the recent negotiations. “He wants to be here and we like him,” Taylor said. “The best path is to let him play and see what type of relationship and rapport develops. Let it play out over time and that will take us to the next step, if it’s to happen.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Kevin doesn't like change," Saunders said late Thursday night after the trade that sent Thaddeus Young to the Nets for Garnett was approved by the league. "That's how he's always been. But I think when he looks back, he doesn't think moving from Brooklyn to here as a big change. I think he looks at it from moving back and being home." USA Today Sports

February 19, 2015 Updates

Michael Lee: Kevin Garnett is expected to make his re-debut in Minnesota next Wednesday against the #wizards. Yes, he'll be back in No. 21 Twitter @MrMichaelLee

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