John Ireland wrote in his blog that the Lakers & Wolves did indeed try to get KG in LA. Ireland covers the Lakers road games during their season for KCAL-9, he’s pretty connected:
John Ireland Blog: …The Celtics now go into this season with Garnett, Allen and Paul Pierce as the odds on favorite to win the Eastern Conference. The Lakers will go into this season with pretty much the same roster they’ve had for three lousy years. Hopefully, Lakers management can pull a rabbit or two out of a hat and improve the team before October, but I don’t see another Garnett out there.
By the way, I know for a fact that the Lakers tried everything possible to bring KG to LA. They worked on it for months, and offered the Wolves half of Southern California. But in the end, McHale clotheslined the current Lakers the way he did Kurt Rambis in the 80’s.