Glen Taylor Rumors
“I wanted to be here,” Dieng said after Tuesday morning shootaround before tonight’s home-opener game against Memphis. “I rather take the money now or just wait and get a different offer. If I go to another team, am I go to be happy? I don’t know. To me, after over $10 million (a season), you can do whatever you want. The money wasn’t an issue. I just wanted to be happy and make sure I’m comfortable where I am… At the end of the day, it’s not all about the money.” Dieng had a conversation with Wolves owner Glen Taylor Monday afternoon that help put things perspective and helped convince Dieng to sign now rather than waiting until he became a restricted free agent next summer.
Somebody asked Dieng if his new wealth means he’s buying dinners now for his teammates. “No, I’m not doing that,” he said with a smile. “Let’s just keep using Glen’s credit card, you know. Let’s just keep using Glen’s credit card and we’ll be fine.”
“It has been a real joy to watch KG come into the league as a young man and watch him develop his skills to become one of the very best in the NBA,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “I have treasured the opportunity to see him grow as a leader. I wish him continued success in the next chapter of his life. His Minnesota fans will always cherish the memories he has provided.”
In an interview Wednesday morning, Wolves president of basketball operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau said a decision will come out of talks between Garnett and Wolves owner Glen Taylor, who also owns the Star Tribune. “Glen and Kevin and his representatives are in discussions,” Thibodeau said. “We’ll keep that private for now, and we’ll see how it unfolds. But, obviously, what Kevin has meant to our league, the organization, he’s earned the right to have those discussions with Glen.” Presumably those talks include Garnett’s health and his ability — and desire — top play a 22nd NBA season. Garnett, 40, is under contract, due to be paid $8 million.