According to Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune, Minnesota Timberwolves legend Kevin Garnett is expected to announce his retirement shortly. At some point, Garnett hopes to become a part owner of the team. Until then, he’s fine with mentoring the Wolves’ extremely young roster.
Even though he loves Minnesota’s organization, Garnett seems at peace with his decision:
It’s perfect. If you have a story, this is a fairy tale. This is a perfect ending to it. This is how you want to do it. I know these are the declining days of my playing days, but I think I have so much more to bring. This is the perfect situation. This is full-circle right here.
The Timberwolves drafted KG fifth overall right out of high school in the 1995 NBA Draft and had spent 14 total seasons with the organization. Before being traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007, Garnett was a force for the Wolves. He was selected to ten All-Star teams, was the rebounding champion for four straight years, and brought home an MVP award in 2003-04 after averaging 24.2 points and 13.9 rebounds per game.
Despite all of the individual success, KG and the Timberwolves never had much luck in the playoffs. Not once did they ever advance past the first round, and Garnett never got a true taste of success until his years in Boston.
His intensity was revered, and he channeled that energy effectively on both sides of the court. Nine times he was elected to an All-Defensive team with the Wolves, and eight times he landed on an All-NBA team.
Now that it’s all said and done, Garnett retires as the leader in almost every major statistical category for Minnesota: games (970), points (19,201), rebounds (10,718), assists (4,216), steals (1,315), and blocks (1,590).
Data courtesy of Basketball-Reference