Report: Wolves trying to bring Kevin Garnett back to Minnesota


ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Minnesota Timberwolves are making a late attempt to bring Kevin Garnett back to Minnesota.

Garnett, drafted fifth overall by the Wolves in 1995, is in his second season with the Brooklyn Nets – his 19th season in the NBA.

Stein reports the Wolves are looking to trade forward Thaddeus Young for Garnett. Young has a player option next season for about $10 million, according to Rotoworld.

The NBA trade deadline strikes at 2 p.m. CT Thursday.

More from Stein:

"Sources told that the sides have engaged in serious discussions on the deal, which would ultimately require Garnett's approval even if the teams ultimately agree before Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline, since Garnett possesses one of the NBA's six active no-trade clauses in the league.

"Garnett has insisted in recent weeks that he is not in the market for an in-season exit from Brooklyn, largely because he does not wish to displace his family ‎in the middle of the season."

But the Wolves hope Garnett's affinity for Minnesota will be enough to encourage the 15-time All-Star to waive his no-trade clause. Stein says Garnett is still very close to Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders, who coached Garnett from 1995-2005.

Garnett spent 12 seasons with the Wolves before being traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007. KG won a title with the Celtics in 2007-08.

The 6-foot-11 forward from Farragut Academy in Chicago is averaging 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season.

Garnett has made more than $300 million in salary during his career and according to Yahoo Sports, he is interested in someday becoming part-owner of the Timberwolves.

"I want to buy the Timberwolves. Put a group together and perhaps some day try to buy the team. That's what I want," Garnett told Yahoo in November.

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