Kevin Garnett is going through perhaps his worst season in his 19 years of NBA service. The Brooklyn Nets are going nowhere fast, and may be dangling Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez in a rebuilding effort after admitting that they blew it big time by giving up so much over a year ago to acquire KG, Paul Pierce and others for a run at an NBA Championship. Whether or not the Nets decide to trade any of their three top scorers, the team could decide to buy out the contract of Garnett and make him an unrestricted free agent who could sign with a contender it what appears to be his final season playing the game he has dominated for so many years. If the Nets do buyout Garnett, he could look to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets or Dallas Mavericks.
Many teams could use a player such as Garnett on their team as they enter the stretch run of the regular season while gearing up for a run in the NBA Playoffs. Garnett is only averaging 6.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Aside from an injury-shortened 2013-2014 campaign, those numbers both represent an all-time low for Garnett. Even with that being said, what KG can bring to a team in need of leadership and relentless defense cannot be undersold. Garnett could still come off of the bench for a contender and spell the team’s center or power forward while providing some key minutes.
The Clippers would be the favorites to sign Garnett, based mainly on his relationship with Doc Rivers. Thw two enjoyed great success with the Boston Celtics, and Garnett would also love a move to the west coast. The Rockets could also make a play, although nobody knows how things would play out with Garnett and Dwight Howard, which is a big reason why I wouldn’t rank the Chicago Bulls as a big threat to sign the soon-to-be 39-year-old from Mauldin, South Carolina. The Mavs could also become a player.
If the Nets are going to buyout Garnett, it will likely take place over the next few weeks. Once teams realize what they are able to do at the NBA Trade Deadline, they will look to see which teams may buyout some veterans who are capable of playing some key minutes down the stretch. If the Nets are looking to do the right thing, they will make Garnett one of these such players.