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McHale listening but not trying to trade Wolves star

MINNEAPOLIS -- As far as Minnesota Timberwolves basketball
boss Kevin McHale is concerned, any trade talk involving
Kevin Garnett so far has been just that -- talk.

"Who knows what's going to happen?" McHale said Wednesday
after the Wolves worked out college stars Jeff Green and Al Horford
in preparation for the draft. "But we're not out there actively
shopping Kevin Garnett around the NBA. I can tell you that much."

McHale was pressed on the topic a day after Danny Ainge told The
Boston Herald that he has talked to McHale about Garnett.

But McHale dismissed that news as the typical chatter that
happens between team executives in the days leading up to the NBA
draft.

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"At this time of year, all the teams are talking to each
other," McHale said. "Everybody phones each other saying, 'Hey, what are you looking at? What are you doing?'

"We talk about a lot of different stuff and, unfortunately,
some of that stuff seems to creep out or get speculated or, the
best thing I like, things you haven't even discussed are out
there."

Garnett can opt out of his contract after next season, meaning
the Timberwolves run the risk of losing him without compensation if
they don't trade him before then and he tires of not playing on a
competitive team. That has ramped up speculation that he could be
on the move, and the possible destinations -- many of them
completely baseless and unsourced -- are popping up all over the
place as they always do this time of year.

One thing that appears to be different this offseason is
McHale's acknowledgment of conversations involving his star player.
Where in the past, he has completely dismissed questions of
Garnett's availability -- including after last season when he said
emphatically, "We're not going to trade Kevin Garnett" -- McHale
is now qualifying those remarks.

But he said Friday that he has always listened to proposals from
other teams.

"What, do you think I hung up on them when they called?"
McHale quipped in his typical tone. "Nothing has changed. You
always listen. You listen, and it doesn't go very far and it hasn't
gone very far now."