An unexpected deal right before the trade deadline will send Kevin Garnett back to the organization that drafted him out of high school in 1995, where he will help lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a playoff run.
Well, maybe not..
The Timberwolves are currently sitting in the leagues second-worst spot at 11-42.
They do, however, have a very promising young pack of wolves that were on display at last weekend’s NBA All Star festivities who will benefit from some veteran leadership, which Garnett, the 2004 NBA MVP, could definitely provide.
Most notably, the 19-year-old 2014 1st overall pick Andrew Wiggins showcased his talent as he won this year’s Rising Stars MVP award, and 13th overall pick Zach Lavine, who is also 19, stunned the crowd with high-flying dunks that secured him the Slam Dunk Contest crown.
Garnett left Minnesota via trade in 2007, and won a championship the following year with the Celtics.
The Wolves have missed the playoffs in a deadly Western Conference in each of the seven years since losing the 15-time All Star and future Hall of Famer.
In the middle of a second relatively uneventful season with the Brooklyn Nets, he will return to Minnesota in exchange for Thaddeus Young, Garnett’s agent confirmed Thursday on Twitter.
Garnett is currently averaging only 6.8 points and rebounds per game, according to NBA.com, but is widely known as an intense leader both on the court and in the locker room.
We will see if he becomes re-energized by his reunion with Minnesota in what is now his 20th season, but when all is said and done, he will go down as one of the most versatile players the game has ever seen.