Kevin Garnett and Timberwolves in advanced buyout discussions - KG retirement imminent?

Is the end of an era upon us?

Mark Stein reports the Timberwolves and Kevin Garnett are in the midst of negotiating a buyout on the remainder of his contract. It's unclear if this means the Big Ticket is retiring, or simply looking for a change of scenery before calling it a career, but after 21 seasons in the league, it seems likely his retirement is imminent.

Stein quotes league sources suggesting the star will retire after negotiating a deal to release him from the remainder of his a two-year, $16.5 million contract. However, as NESN writer Pat Bradley has noted, such a move would deliver no cap relief, hinting there may be other issues as well. Timberwolves beatwriter John Krawczynski suggests a difference of vision regarding Garnett's future with the team was a contributing influence:

Garnett played in just 38 games last season, averaging only 14.6 minutes per game, the lowest totals of his career. This came on the heels of a 47-game year, Garnett's fewest games played since the 1998-99 season to that point. Recurring issues with his knees have been a problem for the veteran, and may be a factor in his decision to seek a buyout.

Stay tuned for more details.

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