Kevin Garnett has a long history with the Minnesota Timberwolves. And though this is expected to be Garnett’s final season as a player, the former MVP isn’t leaving town.
Garnett has a player option for next season. Reports suggest that the legendary Power Forward will decline the option, retire, and invest in the franchise as a minority owner. As of 2014, Garnett had earned in excess of $315 million over 19 seasons in the NBA. Simply put, Garnett had earned more money than any player in NBA history – purely from salaries. Of course, if we take endorsement deals into account, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant take the cake.
Back in 1995, Timberwolves gambled on drafting an unproven teenager out of high school. That gamble paid off as Kevin Garnett gave Minnesota its best years in league history through 1995 and 2007. Garnett returned to the franchise last year purely to mentor the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. But it seems Garnett will continue to mentor the pair of No 1 draft picks, besides a roster loaded with exciting, young talent. Garnett has already formed a great relationship with Karl-Anthony Towns.
The Twin Cities wrote Wednesday: “Kevin Garnett’s contract with the Wolves allows him the option of playing another season for $8 million if he wants or investing in the team before next season. Garnett, 39, is being paid $8.5 million this season.”
If Garnett becomes an owner, he would join a list of former NBA stars. While Shaquille O’Neal has a minority stake in the Sacramento Kings, Michael Jordan is the majority owner of Charlotte Hornets.
Kevin Garnett will have the opportunity shape the future of the franchise, and more importantly, help exciting prospects likes Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins attain superstardom and win championships.