At 39 years old, Kevin Garnett has decided to come back for a 21st NBA season (and possibly another one after that), returning to the team he's spent the bulk of his career with:
ESPN sources say Kevin Garnett will be signing a two-year deal with Minnesota when leaguewide moratorium is lifted later this week— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 7, 2015
Quote from KG sent to me: "I'm incredibly excited and rejuvenated to be a part of this talented, committed team." #twolves— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) July 7, 2015
Like with Paul Pierce's recent three-year deal in LA, who knows if KG will actually stick around for the length of his contract. In both cases it may just be a way to pay a respected veteran a little more money while spreading the cap hit over multiple seasons.
And while we're on the subject of money, there's this:
Interesting on KG coming back: he was $800,000 behind Kobe as the #1 salary earner in NBA history ($328.2M-$327.4M). Jumps back into #1 spot— Michael Dyer (@Mike_Dyer13) July 7, 2015
In addition to reclaiming his crown as the richest player ever (endorsements not included), Garnett will likely serve as a big-man mentor for Minnesota's No. 1 overall, pick Karl-Anthony Towns.
Garnett is also in 15th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list with 25,949 career points. He trails Tim Duncan (25,974) by just 25 for 14th place, but will probably need Duncan to get hurt (or an enormous game or two to start the season) in order to catch him. In 16th place is Pierce (25,899), only 50 points behind Garnett. There's a good chance the two former Celtics may battle back and forth for the 15/16 spots at some point early in the 2015-16 season.
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