Doogie’s stirring the pot for those casual fans, I suppose. Don’t get too excited. Wait until the last line.
According to league sources, Wolves president of operations Flip Saunders has had a conversation with the Celtics about Garnett.
Who initiated the talks, in whom the Celtics might have an interest on the Wolves and whether Garnett would waive his no-trade clause to come to Minnesota are unknown.
One source characterized the talks as Saunders just doing his due diligence in the event that a new contract can’t be worked out with restricted free agent center Nikola Pekovic.
Pekovic and Garnett are not mutually exclusive. In fact, it could be easy to see the two co-exist. But the source was adamant that Garnett was more of a contingency plan.
Garnett, 37, has two years remaining on his contract at about $12 million per. He is said to still spend some time in the Twin Cities in the offseason.
Garnett and Saunders continue to maintain a close relationship. Saunders served as a consultant for Boston last year and coached Garnett for 10 seasons with the Wolves.
The elephant in the room is what Garnett thinks of Wolves owner Glen Taylor — an unknown. In 2008, Taylor when asked about the Wolves purposely losing games to improve their draft position uttered, “It was more like, I’d say, KG tanked it.”
Time can heal a lot of wounds, but that might be a bomb dropped that Garnett can’t forget about.
A source also said that Garnett’s long-time Boston running mate, Paul Pierce, has had his name come up at Target Center. But that would likely be in the event that Boston buys him out of his 2013-14 contract.
If they don’t, Pierce will make $15 million — a lofty sum to acquire through a trade. A Wolves scource scoffed at at the notion that they’d bring him aboard at that price, and a source close to Pierce dismissed the idea of Pierce ending up with the Wolves.
The only way this scenario seems feasible is if Pierce hits the open market and Garnett would be in place to recruit him. Standing alone, Pierce would be highly unlikely to sign with Minnesota.
Yah. That’s a stretch. Nevermind AK would have to opt out and they’d have to wave goodbye to Pek to make any of this happen. BUT LET’S KEEP THIS DREAM ALIVE FOR THOSE FANS WHO HAVEN’T SUFFERED THROUGH A WOLVES GAME SINCE KG LEFT — HE COULD BE BACK!!!!
Ugh. Just let it stop, already.