Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns will miss out on about $32 million after failing to make All-NBA team
Towns signed a five-year, $158 million extension with the Timberwolves last summer. He would have been eligible for a five-year, $190 million deal had he made an All-NBA team in 2018-19.
Towns had a great statistical season, but the Timberwolves didn’t make the playoffs after making it in 2017-18 for the first time since 2004. Minnesota was never able to rebound from the Jimmy Butler trade drama.
In 77 games this season, Towns averaged 24.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists. The two-time All-Star shot 51.8 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from beyond the arc and 83.6 percent from the free-throw line. KAT recorded 54 double-doubles.
Towns is no doubt one of the best centers in the league. Now, he has to prove he can lead the Timberwolves to more wins now that Butler is gone.
For that to happen, Minnesota needs to surround KAT with more talent. Andrew Wiggins has failed to live up to the hype of being a No. 1 overall pick and arguably has the worst contract in the NBA. Robert Covington and Derrick Rose were the second- and third-best players, respectively, on the Timberwolves this season, but Covington is coming off knee surgery and Rose is an unrestricted free agent this summer and could sign with a contender since he’ll be 31 next season.