According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Minnesota Timberwolves are making a push before the trade deadline to acquire Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett. Garnett, a Timberwolves icon, would be traded for forward Thaddeus Young.
Sources told ESPN.com that the sides have engaged in serious discussions on the deal, which would ultimately require Garnett’s approval even if the teams ultimately agree before Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline, since Garnett possesses one of the NBA’s six active no-trade clauses in the league.
Stein reports that Garnett is reluctant to waive his no-trade clause due to the fact that he does not wish to leave his family in the middle of the season.
“I haven’t thought too much of my own personal [situation],” Garnett recently told Nets beat writers. “When that road comes, I’ll cross it and I’ll deal with it. A lot of things with [my] family situation and things, it’s not just convenient to get up and move, to change things. It’s not as convenient as it once was when I was younger. I have a lot more responsibilities and things to take into account.”
Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders is optimistic that Garnett will be willing to return to the franchise that drafted him with the fifth overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft.
Garnett would go on to become the most transcendent player in T-Wolves history, capturing an MVP award in 2004 as he led Minnesota to a franchise best 58 wins. Garnett also would become the franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks and assists.
As for Brooklyn, Thaddeus Young gives them some more athletic ability which is desperately needed. Young and Nets GM Billy King have a relationship from their Philadelphia days, so the acquisition is definitely a welcomed one. The Nets are just one game behind the Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference’s 8th seed, and hope to make a push for the playoffs during the second half of the season.
Garnett, 38, is averaging 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Brooklyn Nets this season. He was traded to Boston in 2007, and would go on to capture his only NBA championship that season alongside Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.
The NBA trade deadline is today at 3 p.m. ET.
UPDATE: THURS 2:36 P.M. ET
According to David Aldridge of Turner Sports, Kevin Garnett has decided to waive his no-trade clause and return to the Timberwolves.
Source: Kevin Garnett agrees to trade, will go home to Minnesota for Thaddeus Young.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 19, 2015