Kevin Garnett has been retired for less than a week, but he already has an offer for the next phase of his career.
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue provided an open invitation Thursday for the former power forward to join the coaching staff.
"I talked to him about it," Lue said, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com. "I know his wife is pushing for it a lot. Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he's not ready yet. He goes back—'I might do it'—but he's back and forth. We'll see. But I'd definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach."
The 40-year-old is a surefire Hall of Famer as a 15-time All-Star who finished his career averaging 17.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He spent time with the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics, but he is best known for his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves when he had nine consecutive seasons averaging more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Garnett was named the 2003-04 Most Valuable Player and helped take home the 2008 NBA title for the Celtics.
His level of play dropped in the last couple of years in his return to Minnesota, as he became little more than a role player. However, he provided value in other ways.
Former No. 1 overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns called Garnett his mentor.
"Everything he knows, and countless years he’s been playing this game at a high level, [I am] just trying to garner information from him every day," Towns said of Garnett in 2015, per Steve Aschburner of NBA.com. "Learn how to be a better leader, how to be a champion, just to be a true professional."
The Cavaliers would be interested in any leader who earns this type of praise from a younger star.
As McMenamin noted, Cleveland already has a full staff of assistants as it attempts to defend its NBA title. However, Garnett could be welcomed in an unofficial role, stopping by the help the team whenever available.
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