When Kevin Garnett returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2015, it was envisioned he would have a role with the franchise upon retirement. Garnett even possibly was going to have a stake in the team and one day become majority owner.
The death of Flip Saunders in October of 2015 changed the equation.
"It seemed like it was perfect for how Flip organized and put it together and designed it," said Garnett. "Obviously when he left us, Glen (Taylor) saw differently and wanted to go a different way. I’ve always said I wanted to be a part of an organization that is about winning more progressively, in that direction. Minnesota seemed like a perfect fit for that. That has changed. I don’t see myself doing that any time soon, but that still is a goal of mine. I would like to be part of an organization that is part of winning, that I can help the young guys progress. So that’s still a dream but not a priority at this point."
Garnett was disappointed with how Taylor handled the situation.
"A little bit. A little bit. To say Debbie Downer is an understatement. It was a huge disappointment and one that showed me the true Glen Taylor. It showed me how he really feels. When this guy got the team, it was worth $90 million. When I left it, it was worth somewhere in the $400 (millions). That was never taken into account in my value or none of that. I guess I served my purpose, and I was on to the next. So it’s all good. So it’s all good. I’m moving on and taking my ball and playing somewhere else. (Laughs.)"
The Wolves hired Tom Thibodeau to run the franchise during the 2016 offseason.