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Kevin Garnett reportedly is contemplating retirement ahead of 22nd season

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 17: Kevin Garnett #21 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on during the game against the Phoenix Suns on January 17, 2016 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 17: Kevin Garnett #21 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on during the game against the Phoenix Suns on January 17, 2016 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

We might have seen the last of Kevin Garnett on an NBA court.

The 21-season veteran who was drafted fifth overall out of high school in 1995 could be the next hoops legend to call it a career.

When questioned by NBA.com's Steve Aschburner about his future, the 40-year-old Garnett was non-comital to the idea of playing next season.

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"I just asked him, 'Kevin, what are you going to do?' His answer was, 'I'd really like to play next year 'cuz I'd like to go out knowing we got into the playoffs,' " Taylor said. "Then he said, 'I don't know if I can.' "I asked him, 'What does that mean?' And he said, 'I don't know.'

Garnett averaged just 3.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.3 blocks per game in 38 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves, with whom he is under contract for $8 million for the 2016-17 season. He also averaged only 14.6 minutes per game as knee injuries plagued him all season.

Over his 21-season career, he has averaged 17.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.4 blocks per game for the Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets. The 15-time All-Star, 2003-04 NBA MVP and 2007-08 Defensive Player of the Year won an NBA championship with the Celtics in 2008.

If he returns for a 22nd season, Garnett would set the record for the longest NBA career.