RUMOR: Multiple NBA execs believe Karl-Anthony Towns is unhappy with Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns is reportedly unhappy playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, a rumor that comes as he’s now missed six games due to a left knee sprain. According to Ethan Strauss of The Athletic, the Golden State Warriors have been actively monitoring Towns’ situation in The Twin Cities, much like many have fixated on reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose future may be determined by whatever happens in these upcoming playoffs.
Towns has a very different predicament, as his team is chasing competence, not excellence. While Antetokounmpo is hoping this is the year he reaches the NBA Finals, the Wolves are far from even making the playoffs, sitting in 13th place in the West, only ahead of the gap-year Warriors in what has been an underwhelming season for a hopeful roster that started the season 3-0 but has gone downhill ever since.
The Timberwolves were able to climb out of an 11-game skid with an overtime win over the Sacramento Kings but went right back to their losing ways with a six-point defeat against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, miring them to an 11-20 mark.
Towns was a topic among multiple team executives at the recent G League Showcase, with a few noting his unhappiness in Minnesota.
The Warriors trading for Towns, who is under contract until the 2023-24 season, could easily become the-trade-that-broke-the-NBA part II. Besides trading for D’Angelo Russell, Golden State has loaded up with young pieces, which could make for some interesting packages down the road.
Towns’ reported unhappiness has yet to manifest in the form of a formal trade request, but if it does, the Warriors and the New York Knicks will be watching closely, hoping to get in on the action.