A-Rod, Lore Trying to Tap Kevin Garnett as Investor; Erect Statue Outside Target Center

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So far, Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore only own about 20% of the Minnesota Timberwolves. That hasn’t stopped them from taking up active roles within the organization, however. And now, they seem to be scheming up a move that could cement both guys into the hearts of basketball fans across the state.

According to Charley Walters (Pioneer Press), who dropped all sorts of bombs in his bi-monthly column this weekend, there’s buzz around insider circles that A-Rod and Lore want to bring Kevin Garnett into the fray as a minority investor and team consultant. Plans reportedly call for a $100 million investment by KG and include his long-awaited jersey retirement plus a statue to be erected outside Target Center.

This is the type of positive development that Minnesota Timberwolves fans have been desperately waiting for.

There’s buzz now that proposed Timberwolves owners Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore want ex-Wolves star Kevin Garnett to join the pair for a $100 million investment and for his player input. If that happens, a Garnett statue outside Target Center would be erected as well as retirement of his No. 21 jersey.

Charley Walters – Pioneer Press

Glen Taylor vs Kevin Garnett

For years, Kevin Garnett has avoided Target Center at almost all costs. KG hates Wolves’ owner Glen Taylor and isn’t afraid to tell people about it. Promises were supposedly made before Flip Saunders tragically died in October of 2015 and broken by Taylor immediately thereafter. Whatever was agreed to back then, presumably a role in the front office and, possibly, as a minority investor in the organization, Garnett claims the offer was gone with Flip.

Then in the Summer of 2020, Taylor put the Timberwolves up for sale. Garnett immediately expressed interest as a minority owner of a hopeful investment group. But shortly after, Taylor denied that Garnett was at all associated with any inquiring investment group. In response, KG flipped out.

A-Rod, Lore to Save Day?

Eventually, rumors surfaced that former MLB great Alex Rodriguez, along with his business partner, Marc Lore, were frontrunners to winning Glen Taylor’s heart and purchasing rights to the Minnesota Timberwolves. In April 2021, it was made official. A-Rod and Lore would purchase the Wolves organization through a 3-year process that transferred it over in chunks.

But if they bring Kevin Garnett back to Target Center, get his #21 into the rafters and erect his statue outside, they’d already become local heroes.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan