Should Timberwolves Try to Lure Kevin Garnett Back to Minnesota?

Kaleb SmithCorrespondent IJune 2, 2012

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 01:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics reacts in the second half against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 1, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Currently Kevin Garnett plays in what looks to be his final season as a Boston Celtic. Rumors have suggested he may retire after the 2012 NBA Playoffs close, but many of us are not convinced these rumors have any traction for the Big Ticket.

Where could Kevin Garnett land during the upcoming free agent session if he doesn't retire? Should the Timberwolves consider a pursuit at nabbing their former franchise player?

The upcoming offseason poses a problem for the Timberwolves due to the team's salary cap. According to David Kahn, Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio are the only untouchable players, but everyone else is a viable option to be traded. With free agents like Michael Beasley and Nikola Pekovic wondering if they will stay, questions swirl about who the team will add during the offseason.


How about adding Kevin Garnett?

Bring Garnett back would not only help the team on the court, but also off the court. Although his talent has diminished, he still plays tough. He may be a good second star player to give needed relief for Kevin Love. Also, fans would love to watch Kevin Garnett in action for one more season with the team who helped him grow into a future Hall of Famer.


The problems with the possible addition

The main issue for Minnesota is to garner the Big Ticket's interest. Kevin hasn't had the nicest things to say about the organization, but he enjoyed the fans. If Minnesota could hop the first hurdle of gathering his attention, there would still be the salary cap issue.

Kevin Garnett will not receive a huge contract worth millions anymore, but he will still press hard for a solid $9 or $10 million. Unfortunately, the Timberwolves do not have that much free cash floating around and instead would need to hope Garnett would sign for the veteran's minimum.

The idea of Kevin Garnett returning to the franchise that boosted his career and developed him into an all-star would have its positives, but the idea is merely wishful thinking right now.