MINNEAPOLIS – Kevin Garnett in green? No. But speculation persists that Garnett might not play in Timberwolves blue next season either.

On a day when the Timberwolves wrapped up their pre-draft workouts by looking at five players, vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale continued to say he’s listening to any offers but hasn’t heard a winner yet.

But you can strike Boston off the list of Garnett destinations.

Andy Miller, Garnett’s agent, told ESPN on Thursday that Garnett had no interest in playing for Boston. While Garnett does not have a no-trade clause in his contract, he has the right to opt out of his contract after the 2007-08 season, a weapon he could use to guide trade talks.

“The Boston trade isn’t happening,” Miller told ESPN. “If a trade were to happen, that’s not a destination that we’re interested in pursuing.”

McHale continued to never say never, indicating he would have no problem pulling a trigger should the right deal arise.

“Kevin has meant a lot to this franchise,” McHale said. “The most important thing is looking at the franchise, and what gives you the best opportunity to win.”

And if that “best opportunity” included trading Garnett?

“You’d do that,” McHale said.

But it’s clear that, if a trade is going to happen, Garnett intends to do what he can to make sure he winds up in a place he wants to be. And that could make getting good value in return for Garnett a more difficult proposition for McHale.

Miller told ESPN that Garnett has “a good handle on the possibility of being traded. Kevin is an extremely loyal person, and loyalty is not a common factor among pro athletes, but in this situation he understands he has to put his long-term considerations ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ long-term considerations.”

Asked where Garnett would like to go, Miller said: “Too early. Ask me in two days.”

McHale said the team is still looking to make deals to improve its roster, even if none of the deals include Garnett. McHale wants to open up more opportunities for the team’s younger players, including the one the Wolves end up drafting at No. 7 overall in the draft Thursday.

As for Garnett, McHale did indicate a shift in attitude as far as his superstar’s trade status.

“We’ve always talked,” McHale said of conversations around the league. “The only difference is . . . we’ve had three what I consider to be sub-par years. And you listen more. But that doesn’t mean you do any more.

“Do I know what the future holds? No. If somebody offers you something that is phenomenal, you never say never. If a team says, “We’ll give you X and Y and this and that’, you have to look. But I haven’t seen player X and Y and everything else coming out of the woodwork either.”


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