- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd said during a radio interview Friday that center Kevin Garnett’s minutes will not increase during the second half of the season or the playoffs.
“There won’t be any increase in minutes or workload [for him in the second half of the season],” Kidd told WFAN. “He’ll stay at the same pace that he’s at right now.”
Asked specifically about the playoffs, Kidd said, “[His minutes] will stay the same.”
Garnett is averaging just 21.3 minutes per game and has been resting during the second half of some back-to-back sets. He has appeared in 46 of the team’s first 52 games.
Kidd has said from the beginning that he wants to conserve the 37-year-old veteran to make sure he’s healthy for the playoffs.
Garnett is shooting 58.1 percent from the field in February (seven games), while averaging 7.4 points and 6.3 rebounds in 19 minutes per game.
The Nets have eight sets of back-to-back games remaining -- four of those coming in April. With Garnett possibly not playing in some -- if not all -- of those back-to-backs, the Nets clearly need another big man.
Nets GM Billy King said the Nets would look into all possibilities, including free agents like Jason Collins, players who are bought out of their contracts, players who just played professionally overseas and D-League possibilities as well.
“As you can see, everyone on the team plays,” Kidd said. “There’s nights when KG can’t play that we need another big to step up, so whoever joins our family if anyone will have the opportunity to play.”
The Nets have two open roster spots, so it is conceivable that they could bring in a pair of bigs.
Garnett averaged 35.3 minutes in six playoff games last season for the Boston Celtics, putting up 12.7 points and 13.7 rebounds on 50 percent shooting.
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