The lack of a promising young big man eliminated the Chicago Bulls from being a serious player in trading for Kevin Garnett when he was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves three years ago, said the general manager who dealt him.
Kevin McHale, who was the Timberwolves general manager from 1995-2009, traded the franchise's biggest star in July of 2007 to the Boston Celtics for a package of players built around 6-foot-11 Al Jefferson, then a 22-year-old coming off his first significant NBA season, averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds during the 2006-07 season.
McHale said the Bulls, long rumored in deals for Garnett, who was drafted out of Farragut Academy in Chicago in 1995, couldn't compete with the top two bidders.
"I talked to the Bulls some about things, but at the end it really came down to I thought the best offer was to get a good, young big man, either Al Jefferson -- who we ended up taking -- or we were talking to the Lakers about Andrew Bynum," McHale said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Both of those guys were involved. It was just the decision that we wanted to go with a big guy and try to get a post-type player and a defender."