On Sirius XM Radio, Sam Mitchell said he thinks it could influence Kevin Garnett’s decision to retire, but as of the last time they spoke, K.G. remained undecided. “Last time I talked to him, he hadn’t made up his mind. I just think the way last year ended with the owner at the very last minute — and people don’t understand, we all felt pretty good about us. Myself, Milt Newton, and the coaching staff, we all felt pretty good about us coming back. We felt like we did a good enough job to at least earn us a couple of years, a year or two, to keep that thing rolling. And I just think KG was just so hurt by the way things happened.”
"For people to send you messages as if you were going to be back and your staff was going to be back and we had everything going in the right direction, and to get a phone call [from owner Glen Taylor] two hours before your last game basically saying, 'I've changed my mind and I'm going in a different direction,' it just kind of knocked us all for a loop. We've all recovered from it and moved on but if you know Kevin, Kevin is very sensitive and he's very loyal. And there was a lot of people in that organization that was let go, and the way it was done just left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouth."
"To be honest with you, I don't know how he's going to deal with that. Kevin takes that stuff personally and it's going to be interesting to see ultimately what he decides to do. It's a shame that if he doesn't come back and play, that his last year in Minnesota ended the way it did."
Wolves second-year center Karl-Anthony Towns said he's stayed in touch with Garnett throughout the offseason and believes that he does want to continue playing but hasn't weighed everything out yet. "I talk to him a lot," Towns told ESPN.com. "I don't know [what he's going to do]. He's earned that respect to choose whenever he chooses to place his shoes up. He's like a brother to me. If he laces them up again, we'll be great. If he closes them up and doesn't wear them again, he deserves [to make that choice]. "We're all waiting anxiously. Only God and KG know what they want to do."
Darren Wolfson: Told the total guarantee on KG's contract is $16.5M. Negotiated it himself. Credit to @ Jon Krawczynski on $16M. #twolves
Jon Krawczynski: AP Sources: Kevin Garnett's 2-year deal with the Timberwolves will be worth $16 million.
The Big Ticket is back. Long expected to re-sign in Minnesota for at least another year at age 39, Garnett's contract is "done," according to 1500ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Kevin Garnett will be signing a two-year deal with Minnesota when leaguewide moratorium is lifted later this week
The Wolves are expected to sign Garnett for a 21st NBA season sometime after July 8 and before training camp begins in October. Garnett made $12 million last season. An educated guess at a new deal: As much as $8 million a year, perhaps on a two-year deal that includes an out-clause after the first season for each side. Saunders would like to bring utilitarian and cost-efficient forward Robbie Hummel back as well. Saunders won’t discuss Garnett specifics because, per league rules, no NBA team can talk contract with Garnett or any free agent until 11 p.m. Tuesday. But he also speaks as if Garnett’s presence in the coming season is a certainty. “Listen, he wanted to come back to Minnesota; I think that’s an indication of where his heart is,” Saunders said. “That’s all I’ll say.”
Although it hasn't been announced, pending free agent Kevin Garnett definitely will re-sign with the Wolves, and Saunders definitely will return as coach.
July 28, 2021 | 2:14 pm EDT Update
Brandon Rahbar: Hearing from sources that the Lakers turned down an offer of SGA + the #6 pick in the draft for Kyle Kuzma.
Marc Berman: Mike D’Antoni enjoyed living in Brooklyn well enough. His decision to leave as Nets assistant to sit out a season speaks to challenges of managing a Kyrie Irving-Kevin Durant-James Harden triumverate
Christian Clark: Pelicans statement on Jaxson Hayes’ arrest: “We have been made aware of the incident involving Jaxson Hayes. We are working in conjunction with the NBA and Jaxson’s representatives to gather more information and will have no further comment at this time.”
July 28, 2021 | 1:38 pm EDT Update
New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes — the #8 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft — was arrested after an alleged violent altercation with police, TMZ Sports has learned … and it apparently got so extreme, the hooper and a cop were taken to a hospital. We’re told law enforcement were called to an LA area home for a domestic disturbance early Wednesday morning … and when cops attempted to check on the parties involved, 21-year-old Hayes tried like hell to keep them from entering the premises.
Sources tell us 6’11”, 220-lb. Hayes got combative with cops and a fight broke out … with the ex-Texas Longhorns star getting tased in the middle of the scuffle. The brawl was allegedly so intense, police put out an “officer needs help” radio call. Hayes was taken to a nearby hospital to get treatment for minor injuries … and an officer involved in the fight also sought treatment, although their condition is unknown.
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The Golden State Warriors are trying to move up in the draft with Jalen Suggs at their target. Suggs has been most strongly linked with the Toronto Raptors at No. 4 as a clear top-3 has formed in Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley and Jalen Green.