In what definitely was one of the craziest NBA trade deadlines in recent memory, one of the more notable moves of the deadline had to have been the deal landing Kevin Garnett back in Minnesota. Prior to the trade deadline “The Big Ticket” waived his no trade clause and was dealt from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for forward Thaddeus Young.
Though the Garnett trade may be a nostalgia overload for Timberwolves fans everywhere the deal most likely won’t make a great impact in the wins column. The 15 time NBA all-star has only averaged 15.6 minutes per game in the month of February, and the Timberwolves currently have the second worst record in the western conference. Despite this Garnett’s primary role on the team will ultimately be as a mentor for young talent such as guards Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine.
The future hall of famer hands down is the most prolific figure in the history of the franchise. The 20 year NBA veteran spent his first 12 years in Minnesota and holds multiple franchise records including career points, rebounds, steals, minutes and games played. Garnett during his initial run in Minnesota was arguably one of the leagues premiere players and true leader of the wolf pack, averaging 20.5 points and 11.4 rebounds as well as capturing the league’s MVP award in 2004.
Even if this reunion may not produce many victories it definitely could draw some past Timberwolves fan to witness in what could be the final act for “The Big Ticket.”