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Kevin Garnett returns to Timberwolves in trade with Nets — Kevin Garnett is going back to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Brooklyn Nets traded the 38-year-old future Hall of Famer back to the T'wolves, for whom he played his first 12 NBA seasons, two people with knowledge of the trade told USA TODAY Sports. The Nets received forward Thaddeus Young in exchange.

NBA trade deadline 2015: Latest buzz and news — Goran Dragic and Reggie Jackson want new homes. Will they move? The NBA trade deadline is at 3 p.m. ET Thursday, and this year may not produce as many moves as years past. But expect a few players to be moved as teams project ahead to the madness of this summer's free agency.

Goran Dragic tells Phoenix Suns he won't re-sign after season — Legging it: Suns guard Goran Dragic wants to leave Phoenix. Photo: AP Goran Dragic wants out of Phoenix. According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the representatives for the Phoenix Suns point guard told team officials in a Tuesday meeting that he has no plans to re-sign in Phoenix this summer as a free agent.

Carmelo Anthony to have surgery, out rest of season — New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has decided to have surgery on his ailing left knee and is out for the reset of the NBA season.

NBA trade deadline: Who will and won't get dealt? — It's no secret that fourth-year center Enes Kanter wants out of Utah, but he may not get his wish before Thursday's trade deadline. A big offer could certainly change that, but Kanter - who is sharing time with fellow big men Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and Trevor Booker and sharing his frustrations with anyone who asks - may have to wait until July to find his way out of town.

Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry: Family man, Everyman, NBA megastar — Taking control: Steph Curry is a constant offensive threat for the Warriors. Photo: AFP Stephen Curry already had been named an NBA All-Star starter when the Western Conference reserves were announced two weeks ago, but he received a text message that day that put it all in perspective.

Gregg Popovich: the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan are not going away — Still going strong: Despite a rough start, Patty Mills, Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs are still in the running. Photo: Getty Images The Western Conference logjam would have been bad enough if the defending NBA champs had looked like themselves from the start.

Gregg Popovich explains why he is NOT the Marshawn Lynch of the NBA — In the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLIX, there was so much attention paid to Marshawn Lynch's media habits that the conversation surrounding the Seattle Seahawks running back and his no-comment ways eventually bled into NBA circles.

Kobe Bryant to decide Monday on season-ending surgery — Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will wait until Monday to make a decision on whether or not to have season-ending surgery on his torn right rotator cuff, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team had yet to make an announcement about his status.

2015 NBA free agency already is getting confusing — The NBA's free agency period is nearly six months away, but that doesn't mean the process of getting it right hasn't long since begun for the league's 30 teams. Especially considering the current climate. When the league in October inked a nine-year, $24 billion rights deal with ESPN/ABC and TNT that begins in the 2016-17 season, everything changed about the economic landscape that lies ahead.
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