The Brooklyn Nets have now lost twelve of their last fourteen games, going the entire month of January without a home win. They are ten games under .500 and it is becoming more and more likely that the Nets will miss the playoffs.
In their most recent loss, twenty year veteran, Kevin Garnett played just nine minutes, with the Nets beginning to give rookie Cory Jefferson emerging as a capable role player. After the loss, Garnett was asked if he would request a buyout from the Nets. Garnett shot down the rumors and responded by saying that he is “All in” with the Nets.
One of the potential suitors for Garnett would be the Los Angeles Clippers, who are coming to the Barclays Center tonight. Doc Rivers, the coach and GM of the Clippers, was Garnett’s coach in Boston, where they won a championship together. If Garnett did request a buyout on his$12 million contract, the Clippers would immediately become the top suitor for Garnett. When Garnett was asked about moving on from the Nets to play for the Clippers he responded by saying,
“When my situation comes up, I’ll obviously give it some attention. Other than that, my attention is trying to get us on a winning streak, get us on a road where everybody’s playing together.”
Other teams who could be contenders for Garnett are the Cavaliers, Grizzlies and Mavericks due to their lack of depth at the power forward position.
If Garnett would request a buyout from the Nets, with the rules of the CBA, he would have to be waived by March first in order to be eligible on a playoff roster. With Garnett likely retiring at the end of the season, it is unlikely that he will remain with the Nets through the end of the year. Instead, if he is bought out, Garnett can sign with a contender to compete for a championship one last time before he rides off into the sunset.