Jimmy Butler might not be staying with the Minnesota Timberwolves for much longer. But Karl Anthony-Towns is, and he made that clear Saturday evening. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, KAT has signed the five-year, $190-million super max extension.
“In a deal that cements him as the franchise’s long-term cornerstone, Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns has agreed to a 5-year, $190M super-maximum extension, league sources tell ESPN.”
Last season, Towns put up 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. While he averaged four fewer points per game last season than he did in 2016-17, there’s no denying that Towns is one of the best players in the NBA. And the Timberwolves are lucky to have him. Especially right now with all of the other drama currently surrounding their organization.
Like we’ve said all week, Butler wants out. Now it looks like Tom Thibodeau doesn’t want to trade him. But owner Glen Taylor is on the other side of things. He’s officially on the market.
Now, the Timberwolves are coming off their first postseason berth since the 2003-04 season. However, the Western Conference is changing – and quickly. It took them all 82 games to reach the playoffs, defeating (and knocking out) the Denver Nuggets on the final game of the season.
But fast forward to the present, and LeBron James plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. That doesn’t make them a championship contender, but it probably makes them a playoff team. The Golden State Warriors are only getting better now that DeMarcus Cousins is in town. Oh, and the Houston Rockets are coming off one of the best regular seasons in NBA history.
And we’re just talking about most of the top half of the Western Conference. The Utah Jazz are only going to be better (in theory) in Donovan Mitchell’s second season. If Paul Millsap is healthy, the Denver Nuggets are a playoff team. The San Antonio Spurs might not have Kawhi Leonard anymore, but Gregg Popovich is still their coach.
So Towns is staying, and that’s great news for the Timberwolves. Now it’s time to put a winning product on the court.