Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Taylor: Garnett's "preference was that we not trade him"

From Charley Walters/Pioneer Press:
The Timberwolves kept star Kevin Garnett apprised of trade inquiries before the recent NBA draft, but Garnett expressed a preference to remain in Minnesota.

"His preference was that we not trade him," Wolves owner Glen Taylor said.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the draft, Taylor said Monday, a day after returning from a three-week honeymoon in China, that he never sought to trade Garnett, 31, but for the first time decided to listen more seriously to what teams had to offer.

Taylor said he "just" asked Garnett about a trade and the player's response was that he hadn't changed his mind. According to the owner, when he told KG that the team was going to being in Corey Brewer and another young guy, Garnett said, "
I don't think I mind playing with those guys."

The Wolves will continue to discuss trade scenarios, Taylor said, but they won't include Garnett.