Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Nets Send Garnett to 'Wolves

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Nets Send Garnett to 'Wolves

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Kevin Garnett's brief tenure in Brooklyn is over. Every other Nets player is sticking around, despite a trade deadline day full of speculation and intrigue surrounding the team.

Garnett is headed back to Minnesota, after the 38-year-old future Hall of Famer agreed to waive his no-trade clause for a homecoming with Timberwolves, who drafted him in 1995. In return, the Nets received Thaddeus Young, a versatile and athletic 26-year-old forward.

And then there was the deal that didn't happen.

For most of Thursday, Brook Lopez seemed on his way out.

Multiple reports said the Thunder and the Nets were on the verge of a deal that would have sent the center to Oklahoma City for point guard Reggie Jackson.

But in league-wide flurry of activity just before the 3 p.m. deadline, Jackson was traded to Detroit instead.

Lopez, 26, has been on the trading block dating from 2011 and the Nets' failed pursuit of Dwight Howard. But somehow, again, he'll finish the season with the Nets, the team that drafted him in 2008.

The names of guards Joe Johnson and Jarrett Jack also were part of trade speculation. Jack even sent out a tweet fewer than two hours before the deadline: "Just over here sitting in the wind." But in the end, Garnett was the only one to be moved.

It was a relatively quiet end to what had been a loud trade season in Brooklyn.

In early December, multiple reports surfaced that the Nets were open to trading any of their three core, max-salary players: Lopez, Johnson and Deron Williams.

Ultimately, the Nets were unable to find a team to take any of those contracts. And it might have been Brooklyn's last, best chance to get any real return for Lopez, the youngest player with the most trade value of the three.

Lopez has a $16.7 million player option for next season, the final one of his contract. But it appears likely Lopez will opt out of his contract this summer, giving him a chance to get more total money on the open market.

If that happens, the Nets will be faced with a tough decision in a few months: sign Lopez long term, again; let him sign with another team for nothing, or try to work out a sign-and-trade deal to salvage some value. …

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