MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale said Thursday he will return to the Minnesota Timberwolves next season, as will coach Randy Wittman and star Kevin Garnett.
In a season-ending news conference, McHale addressed a long, frustrating year in which his Wolves finished 32-50 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season.
Many fans have become frustrated with McHale for not surrounding Garnett with a better, more competitive team. One such fan was kicked out of Wednesday night's season finale against Memphis for holding a sign that read, ``Fire McHale!''
Despite the criticism, McHale said he will be back for another season and promised to overhaul a roster that struggled with on-court chemistry and consistency.
``I don't want to walk away with the team in this state,'' said McHale, who said this year's team resembled the ``dysfunctional'' squad he inherited when he was named vice president in 1995.
McHale praised Wittman's leadership after taking over for the fired Dwane Casey and said the 12-30 finish under the coach was not indicative of his skills.
In reference to Garnett, McHale said ``we're not planning on trading Kevin.'' Garnett has an opt-out clause in his contract after next season.

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