The greatest player in Minnesota Timberwolves history could be returning — according to multiple published reports, the Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets are engaged in serious trade talks involving Kevin Garnett.
The proposed swap would send Thaddeus Young to Brooklyn.
KG, you may recall, hopes to purchase the Timberwolves (who famously traded the legend back in 2007 after twelve seasons to the Boston Celtics) once his brilliant NBA career comes to an end.
Sources said the sides have engaged in serious discussions on the deal, which would ultimately require Garnett’s approval even if the teams agree before Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline, since Garnett possesses one of the NBA’s six full no-trade clauses.
Garnett has insisted in recent weeks that he is not in the market for an in-season exit from Brooklyn, largely because he does not wish to displace his family in the middle of the season.
But the Wolves, sources say, are hopeful that the chance to play out what might be his final NBA season as a member of the team that drafted him out of high school in 1995 — and under longtime coach Flip Saunders — could lead Garnett to reconsider. Such a trade, of course, would also mean the hypercompetitive Garnett has to leave the Eastern Conference playoff race to join a team at the bottom of the West.