Amid Jimmy Butler Drama, Wolves Extend Karl-Anthony Towns
At least something is going right in Minnesota.
Amid the Jimmy Butler drama, the Wolves have agreed to a five-year, $190-million super maximum extension with their star power forward Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns joins Devin Booker as the second Kentucky alum to receive a super maximum rookie extension this past offseason.
Leon Rose, Towns’ agent informed the Wolves that the All-Star planed to ink the extension over the weekend.
In a statement, Towns said: “On June 25, 2015, I was drafted to and committed to the Minnesota Timberwolves. On September 22, 2018, I made a recommitment to the Wolves and have the same feelings of excitement that I felt back in 2015.
“I promise to the fans, my teammates and the organization to keep the vision of the man who drafted me, Flip Saunders, alive and treat his dream of winning with respect and dignity. To the fans from Day One and the Timberwolves fans, this is for you. Thank you for believing in me.”
While the deal does not include a player option, it does have a trade kicker.
As this point, it seems like the Wolves will attempt to reshuffle the team around Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, as it seems very likely that Butler does not play another game in a Wolves uniform. The organization allowed the multiple-time All-Star to skip media day and Butler is set to not report to training camp.