By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On September 22nd, 2016 at 12:07 AM EST
I think the Minnesota Timberwolves would be making a big mistake in releasing Kebin Garnett. Garnett is the biggest name in franchise history.
He was acquired from the Brooklyn Nets years ago to help mentor the Timberwolves young athletes. But when he’s released, or bought out like the official terms would be, he couldn’t mentor them as a player. Right now, there’s no speculation that he would join their front office or as an assistant coach.
Sure, the 40-year-old is in his last leg in the National Basketball Association. But he could still help mentor Karl-Anthony Towns and the other players on the team.
Towns is a rising star in the league and could be a franchise player like Garnett previously was two decades ago when he came out of high school. They have two key building blocks in Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
Garnett has made over $300 million in his NBA career — the most earnings ever by a player. The 2016-17 season is the final year of his contract, where he’s scheduled to make $8 million.
He averaged 3.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game during the 2015-16 season. He made $8.5 million as a reserve bench player.
When the Wolves release Garnett, his blow is going to be felt. They haven’t made the playoffs since the 2003-04 season when they advanced to the Western Conference Finals before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers.
He has a big presence on the team. There’s been rumors that he would retire before — yet he kept playing.
Since his good relationship with the franchise, he should be able to go out on his own terms. Not the way the Wolves want him to go out — which is this way by buying out his contract.
He deserves so much more than that. He means so much to the Timberwolves and Minnesota as a whole.
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