Doc Rivers would have had interest in the Los Angeles Clippers signing Kevin Garnett had he decided to continue his playing career with a team other than the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"He doesn't want to play," Rivers said. "I'm sure he won't play again. I think he realized, 'Why am I doing this?'
"I would have absolutely been interested in bringing him here. You always find a place for a guy like that, whose voice in the locker room is so strong, so clear, so impactful.
"He's such a great teacher in practice. He should start a course in leadership. The NBA should designate who the best player is on each team and then they could bring Kevin in and he could teach them how to be the best player and the best leader. Better yet, they could bring him and Tim [Duncan] in and they could teach it together and show people how it can be done in two completely opposite ways."
Garnett was encouraged by friend, confidant and former coach Flip Saunders to sign a two-year, $16 million contract with the Timberwolves in 2015.
Garnett was visibly upset when told Sam Mitchell would not be retained. His strained relationship with current owner Glen Taylor further deteriorated after Mitchell's ouster.
Taylor acknowledged this week that he hadn't spoken with Garnett for months.
Garnett will stay in the game in some capacity, Rivers confirmed, and said he's already thinking up ways to bring him into the Clippers fold. Garnett has a home in Malibu, California.
"I'm going to offer him something," Rivers said. "I don't want to say too much right now. I just know he'd be a great asset to any team."