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Kevin Garnett's future with Nets unclear

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Has Garnett played his last game?
Has Garnett played his last game? (USATSI)

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There is a possibility that Kevin Garnett played his last NBA game on Wednesday, but he has not spoken on the matter yet. Garnett did not speak to the media after the Brooklyn Nets' Game 5 loss in Miami, and he skipped their end-of-season press session on Thursday. Head coach Jason Kidd said that Garnett would be welcomed back if he wants to keep playing:

Garnett, who is 37 years old and just finished his 19th season, obviously did not look like his younger self with Brooklyn. He did get better in the second half of the year, though, and made a difference in the Nets' Game 6 and 7 wins against the Toronto Raptors in the first round. Kidd had him on a nightly limit of 20-to-25 minutes, and he averaged 20.5 minutes in 54 regular-season appearances.

If he returns, Garnett will make $12 million next season. General manager Billy King told reporters that he spoke with him on the team plane flying back from Miami, via the New York Times' Andrew Keh, and that King told Garnett he didn't need an answer right away.

That $12 million would be a lot of money to turn down, but Garnett has not given any indication what his plans are. He started at center when Brooklyn turned its season around after Brook Lopez broke his foot, and next year, if he returns, it might have to play a reduced role.

 
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