So until Garnett decides whether he is going to retire or not, general manager Billy King will plan ahead with the thinking that Garnett is returning for a second go-around with the Nets.
“He’s under contract,” King said after a Nets’ free-agent workout on Wednesday. “So until a guy tells you he’s not under contract you go on the basis that he’s under contract and you got to plan accordingly. If a guy changes course and decides to retire then you make that decision.”
“But you don’t go in thinking, ‘OK he’s retiring,’” King added. “You got to assume that $12 million is going to be in your cap and you plan that way.”
Garnett, who turned 38 last month, has one year remaining on his contract worth $12 million. He averaged 6.5 points and 6.6 rebounds in a career-low 20.5 minutes a game as Jason Kidd kept his veteran big man under a minutes restriction.
“I think he was good,” King said of Garnett this past season. “I think this year, you can say he’s not the Garnett of 12 years ago, whatever, but I think what he brought to the table for us was good.”
Garnett has the offseason to contemplate his future and decide whether to retire after a Hall-of-Fame career. He is one of several key Nets with an uncertain future. Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston are unrestricted free agents. And role players like Andray Blatche, Andrei Kirilenko and Alan Anderson have player options in their contract.
Nets looking to buy: The Nets do not have a pick in this month’s draft, but they are interested in buying a potential late first-round or second-round pick from a team.
“Generally, you don't know if you're going to get a pick until you get on draft day,” King said. “Because everybody's looking at it and they may have guys they want to target and if a guy falls out of their range, then they may want to sell it or trade it.”
“You are always trying to get a pick, if there is a player you want, you are always working the phone see if you can get something,” King added. “If we don’t [acquire a pick], I am not going to be disappointed. Because we are not just going to spend the money just because we have it.”
L-Frank: King was asked if Lawrence Frank’s role will change for this coming season after he being demoted to providing reports.
“We’re in the process of evaluating that right now,” King said.
The general manager doesn’t expect any additions to the coaching staff after assistant Charles Klask joined the Detroit Pistons' staff.