Karl-Anthony Towns says he’s ‘tremendously’ happy,’ plans to be with Timberwolves ‘for a long time’
Minnesota is not typically a city in which NBA players love playing, which is what makes the fact that Kevin Garnett actually enjoyed spending his first 12 seasons there and actually went back to end his career there all the more unique. But perhaps Karl-Anthony Towns will follow in Garnett’s footsteps.
In spite of making just one playoff appearance over the course of his first for years with the Timberwolves, Towns seems thrilled to be a member of the franchise and wants to continue wearing Wolves colors for a long while:
“The biggest thing when you have that conversation is you say, ‘Is he happy here?’” Karl-Anthony Towns said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “I’m tremendously happy. I love my front office. I love my coaching staff. I think we’ve made great moves and great changes. I love the culture we have here. If you want to leave, you have to be miserable somewhere. I am not there. I’m planning to be in Minnesota for a long time.”
Towns, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Kentucky, was originally selected by Minnesota with the first overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft and instantly became a star, averaging 18.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game during his rookie campaign.
He has since gone on to make a couple of All-Star appearances, earning the honor back-to-back times in each of the last two seasons. Towns also played in all 82 games in each of his first three years before finally missing five games during the 2018-19 campaign.
The 23-year-old owns career averages of 22.3 points and 11.9 boards a night thus far with the Timberwolves, and he’s excited to take a step forward under head coach Ryan Saunders.