While many have wondered if Kevin Garnett is even coming back to Brooklyn at all next season, one of the Nets’ announcers, Ian Eagle, states that Garnett will not only be coming back, but could potentially be setting up a long-term relationship with the team.
Here is a quote from Eagle on CLNS Radio as transcribed by The Brooklyn Game:
“This could be just the start of a long-term relationship,” Eagle said. “Kevin’s got a lot of interests outside of just playing basketball, as we know, and I think he saw Brooklyn as an opportunity to try to capitalize on a number of those interests. When the smoke clears, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kevin Garnett has some role moving forward beyond his basketball-playing years, whether it’s within the Nets organization, whether it’s with ownership, whether it’s within the marketing aspect of this team, whether it’s just within Brooklyn. That could be something to keep an eye on down the road. Kevin sees a bigger picture here than just playing one more year with the Nets.”
Eagle added that he isn’t talking about a coaching position. Instead, Eagle means that KG supposedly plans on using Brooklyn to build his brand, adding, “I don’t think he’s the guy who’s just going to go away and you never hear from him. Kevin’s going to dabble in a bunch of different things.”
Garnett is still under contract with the Nets for $12 million over one more season. Some have speculated that he could still decide to retire rather than play. He is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career as he played in just 54 games due to a back injury (the fewest amount of games he has played since 1998-1999, a strike shortened season). He averaged 11.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per 36 minutes and played a career-low 20.5 minutes per night.
The Nets would certainly like to have him back, but considering how ineffective he was last year it’s hard to see them getting upset if he did decide to walk. However, if this report is true then it might be in their best interest to keep the Ghost of Kevin Garnett around for one more year as he could seriously help them market the franchise into the future.