Report: Nets F Garnett waives no-trade clause, headed for Minnesota
Power forward Kevin Garnett has reportedly waived his no-trade clause Thursday and will be traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to multiple reports.
Power forward Kevin Garnett has reportedly waived his no-trade clause Thursday and will be traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Minnesota Timberwolves , according to multiple reports.
ESPN.com reported the potential deal late Wednesday night. The deal had been agreed upon but both sides were waiting to hear if Garnett would waive his no-trade clause and return to the team that drafted him out of high school in 1995.
Garnett, one of six players with full no-trade clauses. has told reporters covering the Nets that he did not want to leave Brooklyn because he did not want to uproot his family in the middle of the season.
On Thursday afternoon agent Andy Miller confirmed on twitter that Garnett had waived his no-trade clause.
Garnett was initially obtained by the Nets in July 2013 from the Boston Celtics along with forward Paul Pierce and guard Jason Terry in a deal that cost Brooklyn three first-round picks and the right to swap first-round selections in 2017.
The Nets are expected to receive forward Thaddeus Young from the Timberwolves. Young was a first-round pick of current Nets GM Billy King in Philadelphia in 2007 and was acquired by Minnesota last summer in the blockbuster three-team deal that sent rookie forward Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota and sent forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers .
Garnett may retire after this year but will be re-united with coach Flip Saunders , who coached him until halfway through the 2004-05 season. In his first stint with the Timberwolves, Garnett lost in the first round of the playoffs seven straight seasons before advancing to the Westen Conference finals in 2004.
This time he will likely serve as a mentor to Wiggins, the MVP of the Rising Stars game, and some of Minnesota 's other young players, including guard Zach LaVine, who won the dunk contest at All-Star weekend.
The Nets had been playing the 38-year-old Garnett about 20 minutes per game and resting him on back-to-back games. By obtaining Young, they will get a frontcourt player who is 12 years younger although he could use his early termination option and become a free agent after this season.
Young started all 48 games that he appeared in for Minnesota and averaged 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. He shot 45.1 percent and averaged 33.4 minutes.