After a series of high profile NBA deadline day trades last week, one particular move stuck out as the biggest with Kevin Garnett returning to the team where he was drafted and built his legacy as one of the greatest to grace the hardwood – the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Entering the trade deadline there was much speculation over what would become of Garnett, with championship contending team like the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets vying for the veteran’s skills to bolster their roster.
Ultimately, the decision would be made over sentiment rather than dollars or titles with KG electing to return to the team that made him into a guaranteed first-round hall of famer.
Garnett wanted to return to the team that drafted him 20 years ago, the team where he became one of the league’s best, the team where he is the franchise leader in points, rebounds, steals and assists.
It is time for Da Kid to come back to his home and say goodbye the league the right way.
“It’s perfect,” Garnett said during his re-introductory news conference.
“If you have a story, this is a fairy tale. This is a perfect ending to it. This is how you want to do it.”
The Big Ticket may have his fairy tale ending in sight, but up until then he should prove to be a valuable addition to the T-Wolves unit.
Considering they gave up a talented youngster in Thaddeus Young to make the trade, Garnett will need to ensure he fulfils a development role as the mentor of some of Minnesota’s rising star crop.
Most notably will be his relationship with first overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins who he could help reach what looks to be limitless potential.
Wiggins will have the opportunity to learn from a man who also started his time in the league as an ultra-talented teen who had the ability to score buckets, but flourished into a destructive player at both ends of the court that was able to channel his talent to become a league MVP, NBA Champion and a genuine legend.
If Garnett can help harness the potential of Wiggins, The Timberwolves may have their second genuine superstar in franchise history.
“This is probably the most talent on this team since the Timberwolves been assembled,” Garnett said about the potential on the Minnesota roster.
“The talent on here is endless. … I feel like they’ve got the tools to be whatever they want to be for the future. I want to help with that transition.”
Without a doubt this trade has the makings to be great for the Timberwolves in the long run, but in the meantime it will give long-suffering fans something to smile about with their prodigal son finally coming home.
When KG steps on that court against Washington on February 26 expect the reaction to be nothing short of unforgettable.
If you thought LeBron James coming home to Cleveland was a big deal, then wait until you see Garnett take the floor in Minnesota.
NBA fans the world over welcome Garnett back to the pack.
– Written by Juan Estepa