Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns will miss games after All-Star break due to wrist injury
Minnesota Timberwolves star big man Karl-Anthony Towns suffered a wrist injury in the days leading up to the All-Star break, and it appears he will miss at least a few games once play resumes on Thursday.
Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reported that Towns is still being evaluated, and head coach Ryan Saunders said the team has no timetable for his return.
Saunders says Towns still being evaluated but he will not practice out of the break. Saunders said he will miss games but did not give a specific timeline on that left wrist
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) February 19, 2020
This is a rather frustrating development for Towns and the Timberwolves, who were one of the most aggressive teams at the trade deadline with the hopes of surrounding Towns with young and promising players.
The Timberwolves made moves to acquire the likes of Malik Beasley and D’Angelo Russell — whom Towns had been lobbying to sign in free agency last summer — in the backcourt. They all played just one game together before Towns went down with that injured left wrist.
Towns has hardly had any durability issues in his young career. He played in all 82 games in his first three years while also playing in 77 contests last season. Yet, he has already missed 18 games this 2019-20, most of which stemmed from a sprained right ankle suffered in December.
Minnesota figures to be especially cautious with Towns’ health, especially because they are out of playoff contention and really just playing with the hopes of building momentum for next season.
Of course, it would benefit Karl-Anthony Towns to get some run alongside his new teammates. That said, he is still the centerpiece of this Minnesota team and the Timberwolves have to protect their investment.