Aging Nets star Kevin Garnett addresses buyout rumors

Jason DeCrow/AP Kevin Garnett struggled in January, averaging only 5.1 points in 17.4 minutes of play. He was ejected from a Jan. 12 game against the Rockets after an altercation with Dwight Howard.

Kevin Garnett arrived in Brooklyn in 2013 with aspirations of winning a title, joining a roster that had won 49 games and didn’t look too far from contention.

But with the deterioration of title hopes this season, speculation has turned toward Garnett’s end in Brooklyn, one way or another. In a scenario predicted by ESPN announcer Jalen Rose recently, a buyout with the Nets and a move to the Clippers seems logical, given the connection between Garnett and L.A. coach Doc Rivers. Garnett, who is slated to start against Rivers and the Clippers on Monday night in Brooklyn, was noncommittal on the subject following Sunday’s practice.

“I haven’t thought too much of my own personal (stuff). When that road comes, I’ll cross it and I’ll deal with it,” he said. “A lot of things with family, situation and things, it’s not just convenient to get up and move, to change things. It’s not as convenient as it once was when I was younger. I have a lot more responsibilities and things to take into account.”

Garnett added, “I’m all-in here,” meaning he’s focused on the Nets. But the 38-year-old, who owns a home near L.A., declined to answer when asked specifically if he’d ask for a buyout.

“I knew it was going to be a challenge this year with Paul (Pierce) leaving,” said Garnett, who has a no-trade clause in his contract. “Every time you give away experience like that, it’s going to be difficult. The younger guys, the Europeans (on the Nets), all that. Chemistry, transition. All those variables go into a lot of things. So it’s not like I came in here thinking one thing and then it being another. I understood, I came in here ready to play, having a different mind-set. But for the most part I never put myself above the agenda of the team, which is winning, helping young guys progress. That’s me. I give.”

The Nets (18-28), losers of 12 of their last 14 games, have slipped to ninth in the Eastern Conference with a grueling February schedule that includes eight straight road games. The Clippers (33-15) have won 13 of their last 17, including a 39-point drubbing of Brooklyn on Jan. 22.

Garnett has struggled in January, averaging just 5.1 in 17.4 minutes over 11 games.

POINTING TO CLIPS
Deron Williams practiced fully for the first time in more than three weeks and may play against the Clippers. The point guard, who missed 11 straight games because of a fractured rib, is officially listed as questionable.

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