It's been a rough year for the NBA as far as legends retiring. As we noted earlier this week, a buyout between Kevin Garnett and Minnesota was imminent. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Kevin Garnett has played his last game:
Source: Paperwork on the Kevin Garnett/Minnesota buyout in the pipeline this afternoon, clearing the way for his waiving and retirement.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) September 23, 2016
The news may not come as a massive shock, as Kevin himself noted earlier this summer that although he wanted to play in the upcoming 2016-17 season, he just wasn't sure if he could. This coming from a conversation with T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor back in July, Via NBA.com's Steve Aschburner:
"I just asked him, 'Kevin, what are you going to do?' His answer was, 'I'd really like to play next year 'cuz I'd like to go out knowing we got into the playoffs,' " Taylor said.
"Then he said, 'I don't know if I can.'
"I asked him, 'What does that mean?' And he said, 'I don't know.'
Clearly KG wasn't sure his body couldn't take the punishment of another long grueling NBA season, and has decided to call it a career. He'll leave behind a great legacy, and a few teammates at a loss for words.
......— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) September 23, 2016
An official announcement from Garnett's camp is expected later today, but here's the heartfelt goodbye from The Big Ticket himself:
Here's the official statement from the Timberwolves:
Celtics' Kevin Garnett statement pic.twitter.com/qnCqOMY7Jg— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) September 23, 2016
And reactions from Danny Ainge & Wyc Grosbeck:
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