Once upon a time, a marriage between Kevin Garnett and the Los Angeles Lakers seemed like a foregone conclusion. Garnett had spent over a decade toiling away with the Minnesota Timberwolves and, when he finally reached the end of the road with Kevin McHale and Co. in 2007, his L.A. ties seemed to make Tinseltown a favorite to land to his services.
Of course, that’s not what ended up happening. Rather than moving him to the Lakers for a package centering around a young, unproven Andrew Bynum, Minnesota sent him to Boston for Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes and a bunch of other unimpressive players. Garnett went on to win a championship with the Celtics in 2008.
For what it’s worth, things didn’t turn out too badly for the Lakers. Instead of landing Garnett, they got Pau Gasol – who in turn helped lead them to back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010.
Now, however, it appears as though both Gasol and Garnett may move on from their current situations after this year, and some are speculating that Garnett could end up in the spot everyone saw him in way back in ’07. As noted by Larry Brown Sports:
Kevin Garnett is currently the fourth-highest salary earner in the NBA, but he’ll be a free agent after the season and likely to sign for far less than the $21.2 million he’s making. There have been reports that the Nets will be interested in signing him, and it’s possible he and the Lakers could come to an agreement.
During an interview with Mark Willard on 710 ESPN Radio in LA over the weekend, Stephen A. Smith discussed the possibility of KG signing with the Lakers and said that’s something the team should explore.
Smith pointed out that Garnett lives in Southern California in the offseason and that he’s friends with Kobe Bryant, so he believes it’s a possibility, especially if Pau Gasol is gone.
So could this happen? It’s hard to envision the Lakers finding a way to make the money work. Garnett is admittedly past his prime, but not so much so that he would be willing to accept the paltry amount of cash that L.A. would be able to give him. Plus, because they’re going to be so far over the cap, Mitch Kupchak and Co. will need to improve this roster via trades, which makes the prospect of landing Garnett all the more unlikely.
It's fun to think about, though.
(Kudos to Larry Brown Sports)