HoopsHype Kevin Garnett rumors

October 6, 2014 Updates

David Aldridge: Was Washington your first choice? I heard all summer you wanted to go home to L.A., to the Clippers. Paul Pierce: Obviously, this is my first time in free agency. I really didn't know where I was going to end up. Truthfully, I thought I was going to end up back in Brooklyn, with Kevin [Garnett]. I told Kevin, if you're not going to retire, then I probably will come back. But when Brooklyn didn't give me an offer, it was like, I talked to him, and I kind of started looking at my options then. I thought I probably would end up with the Clippers with Doc [Rivers], but they wound up signing Spencer Hawes [and using the full mid-level exception] at the time. That's when Sam Cassell gave me a call, shortly after Trevor Ariza signed with Houston. That kind of happened so fast. He signed, and Sam called me, and [asked] what I thought. We both were in Vegas at the time, talking on the phone. Then met him for lunch. Then met him again for dinner. It took some convincing, because I never really thought about Washington. It just wasn't on my radar. But I started thinking about it, and everything he was telling me, based on what they did last year, the guys they have here, he talked about the culture, he talked about Coach [Randy Wittman], Ernie [Grunfeld, the GM], talked to him. NBA.com

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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

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