KG sheds some light

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KG sheds some light

Kevin Garnett was on the radio this afternoon with Mutt & Merloni, and as you'd imagine, the conversation eventually turned to the future.

Garnnett said he truthfully doesn't know what he's going to do about next year, indicating that if he did come back to play it would most likely be for Doc Rivers but that he also didn't want to "limit his options." In other words, don't hold your breath on an answer.

But there was one part of the interview that was particularly interesting.

In discussing the pros and cons of coming back next year, he said:

"I never wanted to be pieced around, or treated like a pawn, or a piece on the board. Loyalty in this game has been depleted on both sides. The business of this game is terrible for players. It's all over the place. I have to choose and make a decision to whether to be part of the future of that. I wish players would take more of a stand in our league and understand that it's a player's league."

Reading between the lines, here are two things I take from this quote:

1. While trade rumors are a part of life for every athlete, Garnett really didn't enjoy hearing his name thrown around at the deadline. Now maybe that's obvious; no one likes to hear their name in those discussions. But with KG, you get the sense that it went a little deeper. Even though, like everyone says "its just a business" and "a part of the game" it seems like KG would rather walk away than to ever experience another trade deadline like that. And that what he went through these past few months could have an effect on his decision to return.

2. The lockout may be more than four months in the rear view, but KG, who was clearly bitter about the fiasco when arriving at training camp last December, is still very much bitter. No doubt he's happy to be playing basketball, and enjoying this resurgence, but beneath the surface is a guy who's still pissed off about the state of the league, the men in charge and how they do business. You get the sense that at the end of the day, Garnett's decision might not solely come down health, but whether he even wants to be a part of the NBA.

Of course, that's just speculation.

For now, all we know for sure is that it's going to be a while before we get a real answer on what the future holds for Kevin Garnett.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Reports: Koji Uehara agrees to one-year, $4.5 million deal with Cubs

Reports: Koji Uehara agrees to one-year, $4.5 million deal with Cubs

It appears Koji Uehara’s tenure with the Red Sox has come to an end.

The former Red Sox closer has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the World Series champion Chicago Cubs. The details of the deal were first reported by Nikkan Sports in Japan, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag reported the agreement.

Uehara, 41, had 79 saves and a 2.19 ERA in four seasons in Boston. He served as the Red Sox closer from 2013 to 2015 before Craig Kimbrel took over the role in 2016.

The Red Sox acquired bullpen help earlier in the week when they obtained righthanded reliever Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers

Patriots release DT Darius Kilgo, reportedly sign WR Griff Whalen

Patriots release DT Darius Kilgo, reportedly sign WR Griff Whalen

The New England Patriots have announced that they've released defensive tackle Darius Kilgo. 

The move creates an opening for wide receiver Griff Whalen, who they have reportedly signed to a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Kilgo, a sixth-round pick out of Maryland in 2015, did not make an appearance for the Patriots after being claimed off waivers from the Broncos last week. He played 81 snaps for Denver this season.

Whalen, 26, played in two games for San Diego in 2016 where he caught two passes for a total of 22 yards. 

The former Colts wideout is perhaps best remembered in New England for his part in Indianapolis' disastrous fake punt against the Patriots last season.