The Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a trade that will see Kevin Garnet return home to where his NBA career began. In return, the Nets will receive Thaddeus Young.
Garnett spent 12 seasons with the Timberwolves, after being drafted 5th overall in the 1995 NBA Draft. The Golden State Warriors drafted Joe Smith #1 overall that year, followed by Antonio McDyess (Clippers), Jeerry Stackhouse (Sixers) and Rasheed Wallace (Bullets/Wizards).
He was traded to the Boston Celtics for Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, a 2009 1st round draft pick (Wayne Ellington was later selected) and a 2009 1st round draft pick (Jonny Flynn was later selected) back in 2007 when the Celtics put Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Garnett together with Rajon Rondo. They won the championship in 2008, beating the Lakers in 5 games. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to 3 straight NBA Finals, beating the Orlando Magic in 2009 and taking down the Celtics in a 2010 rematch.
Garnett stayed in Boston through the 2012-13 season, before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets, alongside Pierce and Jason Terry for Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Kris Joseph, Gerald Wallace, a 2014 1st round draft pick, a 2016 1st round draft pick (james Young) and a 2018 1st round draft pick. Boston has the option to swap 1st round draft picks with Brooklyn in 2017.
Garnett saw Pierce leave the Nets for the Washington Wizards in the offseason.
A return home to Minnesota surely signals the end of a Hall of Fame career for the kid out of Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois. He will turn 39 this May and will hopefully be a positive role model and mentor for the young talent the Wolves have acquired in Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad, Anthony Bennett, Gorgui Dieng, Zach LaVine and Adreian Payne, It has been a while since the Timberwolves had a winning record, and Garnett was on that squad during the 2004-05 season.