BREAKING: Karl-Anthony Towns agrees to five-year extension with Timberwolves
After months of speculation regarding his immediate future with the franchise that drafted him, Karl-Anthony Towns has finally agreed to a massive super-maximum extension worth $190 million with the Minnesota Timberwolves, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Towns released a statement where he reemphasized his loyalty to the Timberwolves franchise and its fans.
“On June 25, 2015, I was drafted to and committed to the Minnesota Timberwolves. On September 22, 2018, I made a recommitment to the Wolves and have the same feelings of excitement that I felt back in 2015.
“I promise to the fans, my teammates and the organization to keep the vision of the man who drafted me, Flip Saunders, alive and treat his dream of winning with respect and dignity. To the fans from Day One and the Timberwolves fans, this is for you. Thank you for believing in me.”
The days leading to his decision were rather tumultuous as rumors of his alleged friction with All-Star Jimmy Butler hogged the spotlight, especially after the two-way swingman requested a trade from the team.
Meanwhile, Butler’s beef with Andrew Wiggins also came to light, followed by former Minnesota guard Jamal Crawford describing how bad of a situation the team’s locker room was in during his lone season. All these only make Towns’ decision more satisfying for Minnesota fans, providing some much-needed positivity only days heading into media day and training camp.
Towns saw his numbers take a bit of a step back last season, but he was still able to appear in his first All-Star game and playoffs. If and when — most likely a question of when — Butler gets traded to another team, expect the former Kentucky Wildcat to push his numbers back up and make the Timberwolves brass look really smart by investing hugely in him.