A year ago, the Brooklyn Nets went for broke, strike a deal with the Boston Celtics to acquire a couple of future Hall-of-Famers in swingman Paul Pierce and big man Kevin Garnett as well as guard Jason Terry (who they got rid of before the season ended).
The Nets wound up defeating the Toronto Raptors in seven games in the first round of the postseason in seven games before falling to the Eastern Conference Champion Heat in five games in the second round. However, they have since lost Pierce to the Washington Wizards and the future of Garnett is up in the air. However, new head coach Lionel Hollins believes Garnett is going to return.
Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report got the scoop in a Q-&-A with Hollins.
B/R: Staying in the frontcourt, what’s the latest with Kevin Garnett? Has he talked to you yet about returning?
LH: No, I haven’t talked about that with him, but all reports that I have [from team management] is that he’s coming back. It’s his right to make that decision or change his mind if he has decided to come back or not come back. I’m not worried about that. That’s out of my control. That’s a decision that KG and his family have to make, and I’ll leave it with him.
Garnett is set to make $12 million next season.
Garnett averaged just 6.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 44.1% from the field and 80.9% from the free throw line during the regular season. In the postseason, he only went for 6.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 52.4% from the field and 73.9% from the charity stripe.