KG trade talk nothing new

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 20, 2007 - 1:55 PM

McHale suggests teams have always called about the Wolves superstar forward.

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Kevin Garnett sees youth as part of the problem in the Wolves’ struggle since the All-Star break.

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On Wednesday, the Timberwolves had two of the bigger names in the upcoming draft in for a workout. So naturally all people wanted to talk to Kevin McHale about was Kevin Garnett.

So, moments after Florida's Al Horford and Georgetown's Jeff Green had finished their auditions in the team's practice facility, the Wolves' vice president for basketball operations walked over and tried his best to scoff at rampant trade rumors involving Garnett.

But he didn't quite squash them.

"Who knows what's going to happen?" he asked. But: "We're not actively shopping Kevin Garnett around the NBA. We've had different phone calls. But we've had different phone calls every year."

One difference, perhaps, is that the Wolves might be listening a little more intently.

Owner Glen Taylor said earlier this week that the team is listening more than ever when teams call about Garnett. On Wednesday, McHale suggested that those calls have always been taken.

And will continue to be.

"I just didn't bring it to Glen very often," McHale said. "You always listen. Guys call up and say, 'Hey, look, we'd like you to [consider] this or that.' You listen and it doesn't go very far. It hasn't gone very far right now."

At least not yet.

McHale, loathe to deal in speculation, was asked if the timing now made moving Garnett a wiser move. After all, the Wolves' current salary situation doesn't allow a lot of wiggle room and most believe Garnett's trade value will only diminish over time. So, is this the right time to do it?

"No," McHale said. "At this time of year all teams are talking to each other. It's 'What are you looking at, what are you thinking?' Everybody talks about a lot of different stuff. "Unfortunately, some of that talk seems to creep out or get speculated on. ... It happens at every trading deadline, or at this time of year. This is one of those times when a lot of stuff happens, and people put out [rumors] like fact."

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