Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Boston Celtics are slowly disassembling their roster. It began last season as they said goodbye to one of their "Big Three" players in Ray Allen as he joined the rival Miami Heat--something that obviously worked out very well for him as he is now an NBA champion and was an integral part of that thanks to an insanely clutch three-point make in the final seconds of Game 6 that would send the game to overtime where the Heat got the job done and forced a decisive Game 7.
Yesterday afternoon they continued the disassembly by allowing Doc Rivers to leave and become the new head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers--not before the Clippers send compensation in the form of a future first round selection.
Rumor has it the Celtics will likely decide to either trade or release forward Paul Pierce. Pierce is owed $15million in 2013-14, but if the Celtics release him by June 30th, they only have to pay one-third of that salary ($5million). They could also decide to trade him--they do have an offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers of two future second-round picks.
So, that leaves All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo how is rehabbing from a torn ACL and former Timberwolves superstar Kevin Garnett as their "Big 2". Garnett was originally rumored to also be heading to L.A. along with Doc in a separate deal that would've sent DeAndre Jordan to the Celts. The League reportedly won't allow that (for whatever reason, I don't know--especially if the two teams are in agreement...maybe it's "Basketball Reasons" again). That means KG will remain in Boston as he has two-years and roughly $24.4million remaining on his current contract.
Some rumors have Kevin Garnett (if not traded) playing one more season in Boston before deciding to retire. And the entire reason behind this post is about what KG will be doing after he retires. According to a report from Yahoo's Woj and even earlier a post on Twitter from 1500 ESPN's Darren Wolfson: Kevin Garnett may join the Minnesota Timberwolves organization in some type of front office role or potential ownership.
KG returning to Minnesota would mean rebuilding some bridges that owner Glen Taylor torched when Garnett was shipped to Boston, by saying that Kevin had given up the season before and blamed KG as an individual for a number of things that went wrong that season.
I can't help but touch on a scenario: Kevin Garnett traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. A deal of Derrick Williams and J.J. Barea or Luke Ridnour for Garnett would work financially. They'd get a backup point guard and a young combo forward with a lot of potential to be an integral part of their rebuilding process. The Wolves would be getting their franchise player back. Would re-obtaining him mean Nikola Pekovic's days in Minnesota are over or would the Wolves still bring back Pek and have Kevin Garnett as a sixth man that plays 25-30 minutes a night and offers an unparalleled presence on both ends of the court--while also providing insurance for Kevin Love who suffered through an injury-filled 2012-13 in which he played just 18 games.
It's an unlikely scenario, but it's these times during the offseason when you can throw out about any type of "What If" to spark thought, conversation or even controversy among the fans.
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