Report: Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves downplay rumors of his unhappiness
Ethan Strauss of The Athletic reported on Monday the Golden State Warriors are monitoring the situation of Towns with the Timberwolves and that multiple executives at the G League Showcase believe KAT is unhappy in Minnesota:
Sources connected to both Towns and the Timberwolves downplayed any concern about his long-term outlook in Minnesota in the wake of the attention showered on the final two paragraphs of Strauss’s story. The sourcing is not coming from anyone connected to Towns, so most directly involved see it as the inevitable chatter that surfaces when losses mount.
Karl-Anthony Towns signed a lucrative rookie-scale extension with the Timberwolves before the 2018-19 season started. Towns signed a five-year, $158.3 million deal.
The Timberwolves have only made the playoffs once since drafting Towns with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft. Towns is averaging 26.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game this season. He’s shooting 51.4 percent from the field, 41.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free-throw line.
For the Timberwolves to reach the playoffs in the rugged Western Conference, they not only need Towns to be healthy, but another dynamic scorer next to Towns and Andrew Wiggins would help. Minnesota remains interested in acquiring All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell from the Golden State Warriors despite what transpired this past summer.
However, it doesn’t appear the Warriors are interested in moving Russell, so the Timberwolves will either have to move forward with their current roster or find another player to target via trade.
Towns is currently out with a left knee injury. It’s unknown when he’ll return to the lineup.