Report: Timberwolves owner Taylor wants to keep Garnett

Jul 18, 2007 - 12:34 AM MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor apparently is willing to keep the "Big Ticket" in the Twin Cities.

According to a report on the Pioneer Press' web site Tuesday, Taylor has no desire to trade superstar forward Kevin Garnett, despite admitting he was willing to listen to offers.

"In the past, teams had asked me and I just said, 'No, we're not interested,'" Taylor told the Pioneer. "But this time, I was going to be more involved and said, 'We probably should just see if something makes sense for us.'"

The 6-11 Garnett has been linked to several trade rumors, including possible blockbuster deals with the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics. However, Garnett wants to remain with the club despite missing the playoffs each of the past three campaigns.

"I talked to (Garnett) about it; I said, 'You're going to hear a lot of (rumors), but I'll call you if something really happens," Taylor said. "I just asked him (about a trade), and he'd say, 'No, I haven't changed my mind.'"

Minnesota still wants to upgrade its current roster through trades, but Taylor said Garnett would not be included in any deal.

Last season, the versatile 31-year-old averaged 22.4 points, 12.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks en route to his 10th All-Star Game appearance.

No player in league history has recorded as many consecutive seasons with at least 20 points, 10 boards and four assists per season as Garnett.

Garnett has been one of the major forces in the NBA since being selected fifth overall out of high school in 1995 by the Timberwolves, who finished 32-50 this past season.

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