Relationship Between Timberwolves and Towns on the Rocks
Could Karl-Anthony Towns be on his way out of Minnesota?
On Friday’s episode of ESPN’s The Lowe Post podcast, ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported that the Timberwolves and their star big man are “not in a good place internally.”
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst fuelled further speculation during the podcast.
“I don’t think Anthony Davis is going anywhere any time soon,” said Windhorst. “But Karl Towns… now that might be a different story.”
Is there credence to this talk? Or is it just that – talk, between two reporters (however respected) trying to stir the pot? Regardless, this is a potential story worth keeping an eye on. Towns, of course, is one of the NBA’s premier young stars, and is already one of the league’s elite big men. He averaged 21.3 PPG and 12.3 RPG this season, while making his first all-star game and leading the T-Wolves to their first playoff appearance in over a decade.
Despite Towns’ skill, he lagged behind teammates Jimmy Butler and the less-efficient Andrew Wiggins in terms of usage rate this year(22.9% for Towns, 23.4% for Wiggins and 24.9% for Butler). Perhaps KAT wants to go somewhere where he can be “the man,” and have a role more befitting of his immense talent. If the aforementioned rumour is true, it would threaten to derail the progress that the promising Timberwolves have made, plunging them back into their usual irrelevancy.