End of an era. Again.
Kevin Garnett’s second stint with the Timberwolves has come to an end. Here’s a look at his 21-year career:
June 28, 1995: Selected in the first round (fifth player overall) of the NBA draft. Is the first player in 20 years to go directly from high school to the NBA.
Oct. 2, 1995: Signs a three-year contract worth an estimated $5.6 million.
Jan. 9, 1996: Makes the first start of his career. Has nine points and eight rebounds in the Timberwolves’ 106-104 loss to the L.A. Lakers in Los Angeles.
May 16, 1996: Named to the NBA’s All-rookie second team.
April 10, 1997: Scores 19 points in the Timberwolves’ 108-96 victory over the Clippers in Los Angeles. The victory clinches the first playoff berth in franchise history.
Aug. 11, 1997: Turns down a six-year contract worth a estimated $103.5 million. Eric Fleisher, Garnett’s agent, says Garnett will not play for the Timberwolves after the 1997-98 season.
Oct. 1, 1997: Signs a six-year contract worth an estimated $125 million. The contract is a record deal for a professional athlete in any team sport. The agreement is reached six hours before an NBA deadline would have ceased negotiations until the following July.
May 31, 2000: Is named to the All-NBA first team for the first time.
Sept. 30, 2000: Is a member of the U.S. Olympic team which defeats France 85-75 for the gold medal of the Sydney Olympics.
Feb. 9, 2003: Is named the MVP of the All-Star game after his 37 points, nine rebounds and five steals lead the West to a 155-145 double-overtime victory over the East in Atlanta.
Oct. 1, 2003 Signed a five-year contract extension through the 2008-09 season. The contact includes a “player option” after the 2007-08 season.
.Dec. 5, 2003: Grabs a career-high and franchise-record 25 rebounds in the Wolves’ 112-109 overtime victory in Sacramento.
April 30, 2004: Scores 28 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 102-91 playoff victory over Denver as the Timberwolves advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time.
May 3, 2004: Named the NBA’s MVP for the 2003-04 season after averaging 24.2 points and 13.9 rebounds per game while leading the Timberwolves to a team-record 58 victories.
May 19, 2004 Has 32 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to an 83-80 victory over Sacramento. The victory advances the Timberwolves to the Western Conference finals for the first — and to date only — time.
Feb. 13, 2005: Scores the 15,000th point of his career in the Timberwolves’ 87-83 loss to Chicago to become the 12th player in NBA history with at least 15,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists.
April 27, 2006: Named the recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, which recognizes an NBA player or coach for outstanding service to the community.
July 31, 2007: Traded to the Boston Celtics for Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair and a pair of first-round draft picks, which the Wolves used to select Wayne Ellington and Jonny Flynn.
June 17, 2008: Garnett and the Celtics won the NBA title with a 131-92 victory over the Los Angles Lakers in game six of the best-of-seven finals. It was Boston’s first championship. Garnett averaged 20.4 points and 10.5 rebounds in the series.
June 17, 2010: Garnett and the Celtics lost to the Lakes in Game 7 of the championshp series.
July 12, 2013: Traded along with Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and D.J. White to the Brooklyn Nets for Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Kris Joseph, Gerald Wallace and draft picks.
May 14, 2014: Garnett played in his 143rd — and last — playoff game. He and the Nets lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals to Miami, four games to one.
Feb. 19, 2015: Garnett waived his no-trade clause, agreeing to be traded by the Nets back to the Timberwolves for Thaddeus Young.
Feb. 25, 2015: Garnett played in a game for the Timberwolves for the first time since 2007 in a Timberwolves victory over Washington at Target Center. He played in just four more games before knee pain ended his season.
Jan. 23, 2016: Garnett played in his last game with the Timberwolves. He played 9:11 in his 38th game of the season before sitting the rest of the season with knee sorenes.
Joel Rippel and Kent Youngblood