EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Will Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Garnett receive a buyout that enables him to sign with a contender and chase a second championship in what could be his final NBA season?
“I haven’t really thought about the intangibles on the side. I don’t know what management is going to do,” Garnett said Sunday.
“When my situation comes up, I’ll obviously give it some attention. Other than that, my attention is trying to get us on a winning streak, get us on a road where everybody’s playing together. If you have another level, go to it. I haven’t even thought about my own personal [situation].
“I’m all-in here," he said. "You understand what that means? Mase [Mason Plumlee], the young guys, Cory [Jefferson], I’ve been trying to help them develop. I haven’t really, obviously, coming in, I knew it was going to be a challenge this year with Paul [Pierce] leaving; every time you give away experience like that it’s going to be difficult. The younger guys, the Europeans, all that. Chemistry, transition. All those variables go into a lot of things.
“So it’s not like I came in here thinking one thing and then it being another," he said. "I understood. I came in here ready to play, having a different mindset. But for the most part I never put myself above the agenda of the team, which is winning, helping young guys progress. That’s me. I give. I haven’t thought too much of my own personal [situation]. When that road comes, I’ll cross it and I’ll deal with it. A lot of things with family, situation and things, it’s not just convenient to get up and move, to change things. It’s not as convenient as it once was when I was younger. I have a lot more responsibilities and things to take into account.”
When asked a follow-up question trying to clarify things, Garnett responded, “See, this is why I don’t talk to y’all.”