3 best trade destinations for Karl-Anthony Towns if he wants out after shocking Gersson Rosas firing
With a ton of drama surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves after the surprise firing of Gersson Rosas, it now leaves us wondering what Karl-Anthony Towns’ future with the team will be. Despite being reunited with fellow NBA All-Star and longtime friend D’Angelo Russell, Towns has been frustrated with the organization’s inability to build a winning team around him.
In all fairness, Towns and Russell have both been hit hard with injuries over the past few seasons and haven’t had a ton of time to form any kind of chemistry on the court. But given the rapid change that just occurred, this may have created a new issue with their franchise superstar. In the case that KAT does end up demanding a trade from the Timberwolves, these would be the three best trade destinations for him.
3. Los Angeles Clippers
Now that Kawhi Leonard is expected to miss the majority of the 2021-22 NBA season, this will create a bigger load for Paul George to carry heading into the 2021-22 season. Adding Karl-Anthony Towns to the Clippers will give them some much-needed size and length down low while lessening the pressure on PG13.
Plus having an All-Star duo of George and Towns to hold down the fort until Leonard returns to full strength would be the ultimate luxury for the Clippers to have. Between Paul George’s well-rounded two-way play and Towns’ versatile scoring touch, rebounding ability, and low-post dominance, the Clips would be able to remain in the upper echelon of the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
Although he’s been prone to being a defensive liability at times, the Clippers possess so many elite defensive players that they could cover up his defensive deficiencies. Under the guidance of top-tier head coach Tyronn Lue, Towns could still develop into a more reliable defender and a more complete two-way player who could end up being LA’s long-term solution at center.
2. Dallas Mavericks
Even though they made some solid additions during 2021 NBA Free Agency and have gone to great lengths to improve their roster, the Dallas Mavericks are still looking to add more talent around franchise superstar Luka Doncic. With Kristaps Porzingis seemingly frustrated in Dallas and the Mavs still in dire need of a more reliable low-post presence, making a play for Karl-Anthony Towns is a move Nico Harrison and the team front office should definitely look into.
Doncic and Towns would form a stellar 1-2 punch. The addition of KAT would also bolster the Mavs’ frontcourt while lessening Doncic’s load on the offensive end. This move would also give them their superstar duo of the future to continually build a title contender around.
At just 25 years of age, Towns still has a lot to prove in this league. However, he should be able to improve and expand his game playing alongside a world-renowned floor general like Luka.
1. Toronto Raptors
Looking to get back to the NBA playoffs in 2022, the Toronto Raptors are hoping to hit the ground running at the start of next season. A major area of weakness that still remains for the Raptors is the center spot, and Towns would be the perfect fit on this young and dynamic Raptors squad.
Toronto forming a big four featuring KAT, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam would catapult them back into the elite of the Eastern Conference and make them a tough out in the playoffs.
Under the guidance and leadership of head coach Nick Nurse, Towns should become a force of nature on both ends of the floor and continually progress as a rising superstar in the NBA. With Towns still not having reached his full potential and the Raptors providing a winning environment for him to further develop his game, this would prove to be a mutually beneficial partnership that would satisfy both parties.