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Old 02-24-07, 06:56 PM
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Timberwolves star thankful for opt-out contract clause

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The Minnesota Timberwolves' lack of trade activity over the past few years hasn't gone unnoticed by All-Star forward Kevin Garnett.

"We made no moves. Typical," Garnett told the Minneapolis Star Tribune after Friday's shootaround.

"Thank God for opt-outs," he told the newspaper, adding that he was "not happy" another trade deadline had come and gone without a significant change to the team.

The 30-year-old forward, who made his 10th All-Star Game appearance last weekend, has an opt-out clause in his contract after the 2007-08 season, before the final year of his current deal.

When asked if he'd hoped the team would make a move before the trade deadline to boost the team's playoff chances, he told the newspaper, "We're trying to get better, right? It is what it is."

In spite of the comments, assistant general manager Fred Hoiberg said he spoke with Garnett after the deadline passed and said his star player's mood was "good."

Garnett is having another strong year on the court, averaging 22 points and nearly 13 rebounds per game.
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Old 02-24-07, 09:44 PM
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Kevin McHale, one of the league's greatest power forwards.

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Old 02-24-07, 10:12 PM
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KG has reason to be upset...man..the guy is lost in Minnesota and its like their not even trying to get the guy some help. Its depressing..I'm a spurs fan but still as a NBA fan it sucks to see a talent be wasted..thats why I was happy to see Iverson get out of Philly. Teams like Minnesota are bad for the league, becuz no one cares about KG becuz he won't make ANY noise in the post-season..hes lost.
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Old 02-24-07, 10:43 PM
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KG, if you want to win, opt out and sign with us for the MLE over the summer.
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Old 02-25-07, 12:40 AM
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looks like the opt out is AFTER 07-08. i'm assuming if he finally starts to speak up like this, they actually might mercifully trade the guy, or risk losing him for nothing. honestly, what are they thinking? they just gave up on this season by not making a trade. dude shoulda at least checked the free agent market before resigning w/ that team. loyalty is admirable, but not loyalty to a team that's not loyal to you.
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Old 02-25-07, 01:44 AM
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Man, he has to endure this season, and next season, before he can opt out?
Ouch.

Although......I do kind of find it hard to have sympathy for the highest paid player in the league, who is pulling down a cool $21 Million.

A player whose gargantuan contract is part of the reason the T-Pups have never been able to surround him with a quality roster.

Boo Hoo.
Yeh as much as it sux to watch him struggle like this..... if he really wanted to get a winning team around him he could just .... I don't know take less money!!
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KG should stay and earn his money 3 more years.
He'll still have time to win after contract expired
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Man, he has to endure this season, and next season, before he can opt out?
Ouch.

Although......I do kind of find it hard to have sympathy for the highest paid player in the league, who is pulling down a cool $21 Million.

A player whose gargantuan contract is part of the reason the T-Pups have never been able to surround him with a quality roster.

Boo Hoo.
Exactly. What a brat!
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Old 02-25-07, 11:50 AM
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when they resigned him, wasn't that the season when they were making the wcf run? either that or it was '03. either way, it looked pretty good with cassell & sprewell, so you can't blame him for you know, taking money someone else gives you... only when he's old will a franchise player take less money. remember, even though you earn millions, you won't say no to more. even tony wanted a little more than offered, and it was well spent money. but kevin mchale has completely let down kg.

kg's contract isn't even the biggest problem, because he's wroth it! tim will eventually make $20 mil at the end of his contract, right? anything less than what is legally possible is a slap in the face from the management, so they have to offer him the most. kidd, jermaine, and kobe make about $18mil. timmy makes $17.5. even though $3.5 difference w/ tim & kg sounds like a lot, that will only get you one role player. look at the difference with the supporting cast of the two! even w/out elson or ely, tim's cast is so much better than kg's. it's not so much the superstar's contract, but the terrible contracts given out by front office. it's a perfect example of crappy management on mchale's part vs our incredible management.

http://www.eskimo.com/~pbender/misc/salaries06.txt

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Old 02-25-07, 12:48 PM
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when they resigned him, wasn't that the season when they were making the wcf run? either that or it was '03. either way, it looked pretty good with cassell & sprewell, so you can't blame him for you know, taking money someone else gives you... only when he's old will a franchise player take less money. remember, even though you earn millions, you won't say no to more. even tony wanted a little more than offered, and it was well spent money. but kevin mchale has completely let down kg.

kg's contract isn't even the biggest problem, because he's wroth it! tim will eventually make $20 mil at the end of his contract, right? anything less than what is legally possible is a slap in the face from the management, so they have to offer him the most. kidd, jermaine, and kobe make about $18mil. timmy makes $17.5. even though $3.5 difference w/ tim & kg sounds like a lot, that will only get you one role player. look at the difference with the supporting cast of the two! even w/out elson or ely, tim's cast is so much better than kg's. it's not so much the superstar's contract, but the terrible contracts given out by front office. it's a perfect example of crappy management on mchale's part vs our incredible management.

http://www.eskimo.com/~pbender/misc/salaries06.txt
True the difference in salary isn't much now, but KG has been making 19, 20, 21 million for the past couple of years. Also if I remember correctly wasn't this contract a pay cut from his previous one?

KG has taken up enough salary for 2 players for the past 5-7 years, its no wonder the Wolves can't get another good player beside him.
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