Friday, September 23, 2016
Kevin Garnett reaches buyout with tumultuous Timberwolves organization.
Last season, "The Big Ticket" Kevin Garnett chose to leave for his original team and ideally close out his career there, with the possibility of moving into the front office. This move came after 'KG' won two championships with the San Antonio Spurs alongside longtime, former rival Tim 'The Big Fundamental' Duncan. In the season before Garnett left for the T'Wolves, his production value had dropped and made his request more acceptable to the Spurs. Garnett was able to mentor the 'Big Cat' Karl Anthony-Towns in his first season back with the T'Wolves and also get into a scuffle with Lakers prospect Julius Randle, in classic 'KG' fashion.
Now, though, things have gone quite sour in Minnesota and far from where Garnett would prefer for them to be. He let this be clear and known to the front office, and shortly thereafter was able to reach a buyout agreement with the team. This is an unfortunate chain of events, as KG's return renewed fan interest. However, some fans felt it was part of the problem with the philosophy of team management and why the team did little more than benefit from Towns' production as Rookie of the Year.
This team is different in appearance than when Garnett left it almost two seasons ago, and Garnett will fall in at the power forward position behind Thaddeus Young and David Lee. To ease the transition, Josh "J-Smoove" Smith will move over strictly to the small forward spot behind 'The Claw' Kawhi Leonard, instead of hopping back and forth between the two. The deal will be for the veteran's minimum (1.55m) and it appears likely, though uncertain, that Garnett may retire after this season, and the second year of this deal accordingly being a player option.
Hopefully, as Garnett is known for his passion, the Big Ticket will be able to come to peace with some of his demons as he re-joins the Spurs that brought him success. KG will wear #10 this time for San Antonio, in tribute to the ten years he played under the late Coach Saunders.