Nets' hopes rise for KG's return

Nothing is official yet, but quiet optimism is emanating from Brooklyn when it comes to Kevin Garnett playing for one more season.

Garnett has predictably said nothing since the Nets' season ended with a second-round loss to Miami, but the whispers are starting to get louder that KG, at 38, wants to play out the final season of his contract, which is valued at $12 million.

"I think he wants to keep going," one source close to the situation said.

Garnett's return, of course, would certainly enhance the Nets' chances of hanging onto free agent-to-be Paul Pierce, who is expected to draw interest from Doc Rivers' Clippers and a slew of other contenders.