Will Kevin Garnett be a great fit for the Golden State Warriors? One NBA observer certainly thinks so.
KG has played in the league for more than two decades. The Warriors will greatly benefit from his vast knowledge of the game. A move to the Bay Area also presents Garnett with the best chance of winning his second championship ring.
Charles Rahrig of Blue Man Hoop noted that the 40-year-old veteran won’t have much of an impact on the court. His true value will be in Warriors locker room. Garnett knows the right buttons to push to motivate his teammates.
Last season, the Warriors were criticized for being too calm and collected during marquee matchups. There will be no laxness and passivity while Garnett is around. Even at his advanced age, he can still impact a team without playing extended minutes on the court.
Due to recurring knee problems, Garnett only played a total of 43 games in his second stint with the Timberwolves. He spent most of his time on the bench mentoring Kentucky phenom Karl-Anthony Towns. The 7-foot center was named the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year.
Garnett has one guaranteed year left in his contract. He is set to be paid $8 million next season.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that Garnett and the Timberwolves are now discussing about a potential buyout. The contract settlement will lead to Garnett’s early departure from the team. He will still receive the $8 million left on his deal, but it will be paid in installments for the next few years.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor stated that he awaits Garnett’s decision on the matter. He hasn’t heard from the fifteen-time All-Star in weeks.
“I have not talked with him at all,” said Taylor. “We have to decide, in the next couple weeks, if he’s going to play or not play. I’m waiting for him. I sent him a message, told him, “I need you to make a decision.’ I just haven’t heard from him.”