LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Less than a week after announcing his retirement after 21 years in the NBA, future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett showed up Thursday at a Clippers practice.
Garnett’s presence is sure to stoke rumors of his return to the hardwood. Also on Thursday, the Cavaliers said Garnett has an open invitation to interview for a spot on the coaching staff.
Garnett announced his retirement Friday, saying he would disappear from the spotlight and that those looking for him would have to start combing YMCA pickup games in Malibu.
The Timberwolves were hoping Garnett would remain in the fold in some capacity, at least long enough for them to honor him as the greatest player in franchise history.
Tension surrounded the negotiation of Garnett’s buyout, due to Garnett’s lingering lack of trust in the organization after he was traded to the Celtics in 2007.
Garnett had hoped to own a piece of the Wolves and wield influence over the franchise’s major basketball decisions. But after billionaire Timerbwolves owner Glen Taylor brought in two minority partners this summer, the odds of Garnett one day joining the ownership group were dramatically reduced.
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