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Report: Timberwolves expect Kevin Garnett to retire

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ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 09: Kevin Garnett #21 of the Minnesota Timberwolves attempts a shot against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 9, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Kevin Garnett and the Timberwolves are advancing toward a buyout, but to what end? So Garnett can join another team or so he can get paid into retirement?

Marc Stein of ESPN:

The belief in Minneapolis, sources told, is that Garnett, at age 40, will opt for retirement after 21 seasons in the NBA.

I’m curious how certain the Timberwolves are of this. They probably don’t want to give Garnett a going-away gift just so he can join another team. Minnesota might want an assurance, rather than impression, of Garnett’s intentions before agreeing to a buyout amount.

If this ends Garnett’s career, it has been a fantastic one. He won an MVP, finished top dozen in voting 10 times and won a Defensive Player of the Year award. Garnett landed spots in 15 All-Star games and on nine All-NBA teams. A title with the 2008 Celtics solidified Garnett’s résumé as an all-time elite player.

He’ll surely join Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant in the Hall of Fame – maybe even be inducted with them five years from now.