A broken-in Kevin Garnett won a title in Boston and was shipped to Brooklyn to do the same. While he earned playoff victories in both locations, the legacy of “KG” has always been centered in Minnesota, or as Garnett long referred to it to, “Sota.”
“The Big Ticket” will now return to the place where his Hall of Fame NBA career began after he waived his no trade clause Thursday. The Nets obtained forward Thaddeus Young for Garnett in a deadline day swap, according to Yahoo.
Young is averaging 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season. The 6-foot-8 forward was originally drafted by Nets GM Billy King when King was in charge of the Sixers. Young , the 12thoverall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft, has a player option for 2015-16 worth $9.7 million.
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The Knicks were also active at the deadline, sending guard Pablo Prigioni to Houston in exchange for guard Alexey Shved and two second round draft picks. Shved is a Russian combo guard, who also spent time with the Timberwolves and 76ers.
Several major deals went down across the league, including Suns guard Goran Dragic and his brother Zoran Dragic, being traded to Miami in exchange for Danny Granger, Justin Hamilton and two first round picks.
The NBA’s reigning rookie of the year, Michael Carter-Williams, was also traded. Carter-Williams, Miles Plumlee and Tyler Ennis landed in Milwaukee as part of a three-team trade that saw Brandon Knight head to Phoenix and draft picks head to Philadelphia.