Kevin Garnett is playing out the final year, and final $12 million, of his contract with the Brooklyn Nets. For all we know, this is probably his final year in the NBA.
He was the poster child for players going straight from high school to the NBA, one of the times it worked and worked well.
But when he's done playing in the NBA, apparently he won't be done with the NBA.
"He would be one of the best owners in the NBA"
Garnett told Yahoo! Sports that he hopes to one day buy an NBA team, in particular the Minnesota Timberwolves, who he played for during his first 12 years in the league.
The move would make a lot of sense
It makes sense for Garnett to pursue ownership, especially since current Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has voiced interest in selling the team eventually, starting with taking on a minority owner.
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One of his largest priorities, after exploring selling the team earlier, was to keep the team in Minnesota.
This move, if Garnett actually does get involved eventually, would help that happen.
"He would be one of the best owners in the NBA because he understands what the players need and he understands what it takes to be successful in the NBA,” Nets GM Billy King told Yahoo Sports.
Another reason it makes sense is Garnett's ties to current Timberwolves coach and team president Flip Saunders.
"That is the one that has my interest. I have ties there. Flip's there," he told the website.
So will he retire this year?
Garnett hasn't yet said he is set to retire after the year. He hasn't said he will be back, either though.
He'll likely decide during the offseason.
“If you have an opportunity to do what you love, then do it,” Garnett said.
“I never want to cut any opportunity short or shut the door on another opportunity. If I’m able to contribute something of value and that value turns into something and I’m able to turn nothing into something, yeah that’s opportunity.”
Can he afford it?
Garnett has made a lot of money in his career. Yahoo! calculated his career earnings at $315 million (not including a ton in endorsements) while Forbes calculated the Wolves' value at $430 million.
He hasn't, obviously, hidden 100 percent of those earnings away while waiting for a moment like this. That means he is likely to need a partnership group to make something like this happen.
And, without any certainty on when he will retire, it's hard to imagine anything like this would happen anytime soon.
“There are so many things that I see that I can provide to younger players,” Garnett said.
“I gravitate to the guys that really, really work hard. I’m able to show them things. Help their games. To see the progress is huge.”