Thursday, February 19, 2015

Trade Analysis NBA: KG to Minnesota

English: Kevin Garnett playing with the Minnes...
Kevin Garnett is back in Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Minnesota Timberwolves Get: PF Kevin Garnett (6.8 ppg 6.8 rpg)
Brooklyn Nets Get: SF Thaddeus Young (14.3 ppg 5.1 rpg)

Who wins in the trade?

1. Minnesota - They got back the former fave of the franchise to team up with Andrew Wiggins who is potentially the new face of the Minnesota Timberwolves.  Garnett is old but going back to Minnesota will give some sort of perfect ending of his stellar 20 year career in the NBA. Garnett was drafted by Minnesota out of high school. Fans will definitely love this move.  It is a nostalgic move that will not help them this season but Minnesota was never the same after Garnett left.  The man who made the Wolves consistent playoff contenders is back.  Not as a saviour but more of a mentor to the next generation of Timberwolves and probably a potential assistant coach or team executive of the organization. Garnett could even play one more season as his farewell tour.

2. Brooklyn Nets - The Nets get a young and dynamic SF that could help them make that playoff push in the final 2 months of the season. Thaddeus is definitely a better player than the aging Garnett at this point in time. Brooklyn will try their best to improve of their draft statuses because they cannot expect a good pick next year in the draft because Atlanta, the NBA's best team has an option to switch draft positions. Brooklyn is in the win now mode and Thaddeus Young will be a vital piece for their chase of a playoff spot in the weak Eastern division.

Verdict:  If we just focus on stats, the clear winner is Brooklyn Nets although, Minnesota has a consolation in getting someone who has been instrumental to the franchise in the past.