Garnett has decided to retire, Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune reports.
Garnett averaged a career-low 14.6 minutes per game last season, not to even mention that he only suited up for 38 games. At 40 years old, recurring knee issues likely propelled his decision to retire after an illustrious 21 seasons in the league. His likely Hall of Fame career resulted in 15 All-Star appearances and currently ranks him third all time in regular season minutes played with 50,418.
Garnett is in advanced discussions with the Timberwolves in regards to a buyout of his current contract, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.
Garnett is on the books for $8 million for the upcoming season, but relations between the two sides appear to have soured, so a buyout is now the likely course of action. Once completed, Garnett could sign with another contender, although it wouldn't be surprising if he opted to retire from the league after playing 21 seasons split between the Timberwolves and Celtics. More information should become available in the coming few days, but if all holds true, the 40-year-old Garnett won't be with the Timberwolves at the start of training camp.
Garnett (knee) still has yet to inform the Timberwolves if he'll return for the 2016-17 season, NBA.com's Steve Aschburner reports. "I can only assume I'll be hearing from [Garnett] in the next three weeks," Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said.
Garnett is under contract for $8 million for the upcoming season, but after an ineffective and injury-riddled 2015-16 campaign that saw him appear in only 38 games, it's possible he'll call it quits. While the 40-year-old still provides value on the defensive end and as a mentor in the locker room to the Wolves' slew of young big men, Garnett's chronic knee pain might prevent him from playing at 100 percent health again. Former head coach Sam Mitchell regularly deployed Garnett as a starter last season when he was able to play, but he was only on the court for limited minutes, ceding most of the time at power forward or center to Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns. Expect that to be the case again under new coach Tim Thibodeau if Garnett does elect to return in 2016-17.
Garnett (knee) has yet to make a decision regarding his status for the 2016-17 season.
Garnett last played on Jan. 13 before knee soreness kept him out the remainder of the year. It sounds like he currently wants to play another season, but is unsure if his body will be able to hold up. Regardless, given his mentoring role with the young Timberwolves' squad he does not hold any real fantasy value. The team is not in a position where they need a decision any time soon, so Garnett will likely take all the time he needs prior to training camp to decide on what his future will hold.
Coach Sam Mitchell told Sirius XM NBA Radio on Tuesday that Garnett (knee) could be at risk of missing the remainder of the season. "It's a day-to-day, week-to-week thing...I'm not even going to promise that you're going to see him [again this season]."
A bout of right knee soreness has prevented Garnett from playing since Jan. 23, and the cagey veteran hasn't seemed to show much in the way of progress yet, as he hasn't been practicing with the team. The Timberwolves have been evaluating him on a game-by-game basis for the duration of his absence, but now that Garnett has missed the last 15 contests, it appears safe to conclude he's no longer merely "day-to-day." With the team well out of playoff contention in the Western Conference and keen on developing its young players over the final month and a half of the season, there's little incentive for the 39-year-old Garnett to rush back to the court.
Garnett (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Wizards, Kyle Radke of Timberwolves.com reports.
Garnett has been sidelined since Jan. 23 by a sore right knee and doesn't look to be particularly close to a return. With the Timberwolves bound for the draft lottery this season, rushing the 39-year-old Garnett back into action isn't a major priority.
Garnett (knee) has been ruled out of Wednesday's matchup with the Raptors, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports.
Garnett will miss his 13th straight game due to a sore right knee. Gorgui Deng will continue to start in Garnett's absence. His next chance to take the court will come on Saturday when the Wolves take on the Pelicans.
Garnett (knee) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Celtics, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.
It's the 12th straight absence for Garnett, who doesn't appear to be particularly close to a return. Gorgui Dieng will continue to start at power forward in place of Garnett.
Garnett (knee) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Knicks, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports.
Garnett will miss his 11th straight game, as he continues to nurse a sore right knee. With Nikola Pekovic (foot) also expected to sit out, look for Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng to see increased minutes in the frontcourt. Garnett's next opportunity to return will be Monday's outing with the Celtics.
Garnett (knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against Memphis.
Garnett has not played in nearly a month, having missed ten straight games including Friday's matchup with the Grizzlies. There is no concrete timetable for his return, and with Nikola Pekovic also out Friday, the Timberwolves will likely lean on Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng up front.
Garnett (knee) is considered doubtful to play Friday against the Grizzlies.
Garnett hasn't played since Jan. 23 as he continues to nurse a sore knee, and at this point, it's unclear when he'll return to availability. The 39-year-old will be evaluated on a game-to-game basis, but it looks quite likely that he'll have more missed contests in his future.
Garnett (knee) did not practice Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
He's missed nine consecutive games with a sore knee and it's not clear if he'll return Friday despite getting rest during the All Star break.
Garnett will not play Wednesday against the Raptors.
In a shocking turn of events, the veteran will sit out his ninth consecutive game as he continues to nurse a sore knee. The Timberwolves have not provided much in the way of an update on Garnett over the last few weeks, but the upcoming All-Star break should give him some extra time to recover, and it's possible he could be ready when the team resumes play Feb. 19 in Memphis.
Garnett (knee) won't play Monday against the Pelicans, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Minneapolis reports.
As was the case for much of the second half of last season, Garnett is essentially questionable on a game-to-game basis, and Monday will mark the 39-year-old's eighth consecutive absence. With the All-Star break approaching, it seems unlikely that Garnett will be available Wednesday against the Raptors.
Garnett (knee) is doubtful to play in Monday's game against the Pelicans, Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com reports.
The 39-year-old forward continues to nurse a sore knee and is likely going to be held out of Monday's game against the Pelicans. With Garnett expected to be on the sidelines, look for Gorgui Dieng to remain in the starting lineup and continue to see an increase in minutes.
Garnett (knee) will not play Saturday against Chicago.
Garnett continues to be sidelined by lingering knee soreness and will miss yet another game Saturday, marking his eighth absence in a row. Gorgui Dieng is expected to get the start in the front cour with Garnett and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) both ruled out.
Garnett (knee) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Bulls, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports.
Garnett's doubtful tag means that he is likely to miss his eighth straight game with right knee soreness. Gorgui Dieng will likely get the start in place of Garnett should he be ruled out once again.
Garnett (knee) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Clippers, Timberwolves radio announcer Alan Horton reports.
Garnett was doubtful to play on Wednesday, making the announcement that he'll be missing his seventh straight game unsurprising. His next opportunity to return will be Saturday against the Bulls, and he should be considered questionable for that game at this time. Look for Gorgui Dieng to continue to start in place of Garnett.
Garnett (knee) is considered doubtful to play Wednesday against the Clippers.
The veteran has been bothered by a sore right knee of late, and he appears on track to sit out a sixth straight game Wednesday as the Wolves play on the second night of a back-to-back set. Garnett is without a firm return timetable, and the team will likely continue to handle the situation on a game-to-game basis. Gorgui Dieng will continue to start in Garnett's place, though considering Garnett's reduced role this season, the Timberwolves' rotation has remained fairly constant.
Garnett (knee) won't play Tuesday against the Lakers, Timberwolves radio play-by-play announcer Alan Horton reports.
Garnett will miss his fifth consecutive game as he continues to deal with soreness in his right knee. The veteran noted that he expects to return "soon," however, so consider him questionable for Wednesday's matchup with the Clippers.