February 20, 2015 / 1:12 AM / 4 years ago

Garnett returns to Wolves during trade deadline frenzy

(Reuters) - A deal that has 15-time All-Star forward Kevin Garnett headed back to his original team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, headlined a late flurry of moves ahead of the NBA’s trade deadline on Thursday.

Jan 21, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett (2) directs the defense during the first quarter of the game against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The deal, which will send Thaddeus Young to the Brooklyn Nets, was agreed to by both teams but had to wait for Garnett to drop his no-trade clause, according to multiple reports.

Garnett, who won an NBA title in 2008 with Boston, will lend a veteran presence to a young team in Minnesota, where the 20-year veteran broke into the league as the fifth overall pick of the 1995 draft.

A trio of three-team deals were also made as contenders fine-tuned rosters ahead of the playoffs, while other teams dealt with an eye to the long-term future, according to nba.com as many late deals had not yet been confirmed by the clubs.

The Miami Heat acquired prized Suns guard Goran Dragic in a three-way trade with New Orleans and Phoenix, which pocketed a pair of first-round draft picks in the process.

Point guard Dragic, who was traded along with his brother Zoran, was averaging 16.2 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 52 games this season in the last year of his contract.

In another three-way swap, Phoenix acquired guard Brandon Knight from the Milwaukee Bucks, who received guard Michael-Carter Williams from the Philadelphia 76ers and center-forward Miles Plumlee and guard Tyler Ennis from the Suns.

The Sixers, meanwhile, received a protected 2015 first-round pick from the Suns via the Los Angeles Lakers.

Another deadline deal sent Thunder guard Reggie Jackson to Detroit, four players to Oklahoma City including center Enes Kanter from Utah and guard D.J. Augustin from the Pistons, and Kendrick Perkins and a first-round draft pick to Utah.

The Celtics obtained guard Isaiah Thomas from Phoenix for Marcus Thornton and a draft pick, and Boston also dealt Tayshaun Prince to Detroit for Luigi Datome and Jonas Jerebko.

New York and Houston swapped international players as the Knicks traded veteran Italian guard Pablo Prigioni to the Rockets for young Russian guard Alexey Shved and a pair of second-round picks.

In another swap of guards, the Washington Wizards acquired Ramon Sessions from Sacramento in exchange for Andre Miller.

Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue

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