MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KMSP) - After 21 seasons in the NBA, 40-year-old Kevin Garnett announced his retirement.
Garnett posted a black and white video on his Instagram, telling his followers that he was "thankful" and to "stay tuned." At the end of the short video, text says "Farewell" and "Thank you for the journey."
Garnett was drafted by the Timberwolves straight out of high school in 1995. He was a key player until he was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007, where he won his first and only NBA championship in the 2007-2008 season. Garnett went on to play for the Brooklyn Nets in July of 2013.
A source tells the Associated Press Garnett and the Timberwolves came to agreement on a buyout and Garnett will be waived by the Wolves and collect his entire $8 million salary for next season.
He returned to Minnesota last February.
Tom Thibodeau statement,
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank Kevin for all of his great accomplishments and contributions to the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves organization, and for me personally with the Boston Celtics. Kevin combined great talent with a relentless drive and intelligence. I will always cherish the memories of the way in which he led the Celtics to the 2008 NBA Championship. His willingness to sacrifice and his unselfishness led us to that title. Kevin will always be remembered for the way in which he played the game. His fierce competitiveness, his unequalled passion for the game, and the many ways in which he cared about this team was truly special. KG is without question the all-time best player to wear a Minnesota Timberwolves jersey, and he is also one of the best to ever play this game.
Statement from the Timberwolves:
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett today announced that he will retire after a 21-year NBA career, 13-plus of those with the Timberwolves. Garnett led the Wolves to the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons, culminated by an appearance in the Western Conference Finals in 2004. After being traded to Boston on July 31, 2007, Garnett led the Celtics to the NBA title the following season.
It has been a real joy to watch KG come into the league as a young man and watch him develop his skills to become one of the very best in the NBA,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “I have treasured the opportunity to see him grow as a leader. I wish him continued success in the next chapter of his life. His Minnesota fans will always cherish the memories he has provided.”
Selected by the Timberwolves with the fifth overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, Garnett was the first player selected directly out of high school since 1975. He was named the NBA Most Valuable Player following the 2003-04 season. Over his career, Garnett recorded nine All-NBA Team selections,12 All-Defensive Team selections and was tabbed to play in 15 NBA All-Star Games. For his career, Garnett averaged 17.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game.
Garnett retires as the Wolves’ all-time leader in numerous categories, including games played (970), minutes (36,189), points (19,201), rebounds (10,718), blocked shots (1,590), assists (4,216), steals (1,315), double-doubles (607) and triple-doubles (16).
The 6-11 forward’s name is also prominent in the NBA all-time record book. Garnett finishes his career ranked fifth in games played (1,462), third in minutes (50,418), 17th in points (26,071), 11th in field goals made (10,505), ninth in total rebounds (14,662), first in defensive rebounds (11,453), 16th in steals (1,859) and 17th in blocks (2,037).
Garnett appeared in 143 playoff games, averaging 18.2 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 bpg and 1.2 spg. In addition to winning the NBA title in 2008, Garnett and the Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals in 2010, with Boston losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding Kevin Garnett’s announcement today pic.twitter.com/lCmTIS9Zo2— NBA (@NBA) September 24, 2016
Karl Anthony Towns who at first was left speechless on Twitter, posting just an ellipsis, later posted a sweet tribute to Garnett.
......— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) September 23, 2016
Thank you for everything my brother. You know how much I'm gonna miss playing with you and just… https://t.co/HFwkPXOo4s— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) September 24, 2016