Garnett feels slighted by Wolves owner: ‘I guess I served my purpose’

Posted: 27/04/2017 in NBA, Sports
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When Kevin Garnett agreed to waive his no-trade clause in 2015 in order to rejoin the Timberwolves and finish his career in Minnesota, part of his plan was to build a bridge toward a post-retirement role with the franchise.

There was even some talk of putting together an ownership group with Flip Saunders, who was Garnett’s longest-tenured coach, and was, at the time, the Wolves’ head coach and president of basketball operations. But Saunders passed away just before the start of the 2015-16 season, and Wolves owner Glen Taylor apparently didn’t share Saunders’ vision about Garnett’s future with the franchise.

“It seemed like it was perfect for how Flip organized and put it together and designed it,” Garnett told Adi Joseph of For The Win in an interview published Tuesday. “Obviously when he left us, Glen saw differently and wanted to go a different way.”

Garnett spent parts of 14 seasons with the Wolves, and while he still hopes to be part of an NBA organization in some capacity down the road, he’s disappointed it doesn’t seem like it’ll happen in Minnesota.

“It was a huge disappointment and one that showed me the true Glen Taylor,” he said. “It showed me how he really feels. When this guy got the team, it was worth $90 million. When I left it, it was worth somewhere in the $400 (millions). That was never taken into account in my value or none of that. I guess I served my purpose, and I was on to the next. So it’s all good. So it’s all good. I’m moving on and taking my ball and playing somewhere else.”

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