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Karl-Anthony Towns | Center/Forward | #32

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (22) / 11/15/1995
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 248
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 1 (1) / MIN
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Karl-Anthony Towns and the Wolves have agreed to a five-year, $190 million super-maximum extension, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.
He's the toast of the Towns. In what has been a week of bad news in Minnesota, the Wolves finally lock up one of the best young players in the NBA. Despite some controversy, there was almost no doubt that the Wolves were going to sign Towns because it's almost impossible for KAT to turn down this type of money. Sure, he's been the most durable player in the NBA with his 82-82-82 games-played log per season, but now he has financial security for life. With Jimmy Butler headed out of town, KAT is likely set for a career year after he's improved his efficiency, free throw rate and several other stats in each of his three seasons. He's locked in as a top-two pick in fantasy leagues in basically all formats. Sep 22 - 8:50 PM

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Karl-Anthony Towns won't sign his rookie extension until the Jimmy Butler situation is resolved.

KAT and the Wolves have until the end of October to agree to a contract extension, otherwise KAT will be a restricted free agent come July. Obviously, he is incredibly important to the future of the Wolves franchise, considering he just made third team All-NBA at 22 years old. The Wolves would match any deal if KAT signed an offer sheet next summer, but if they don't resolve the Jimmy Butler situation to his liking, will he sign the qualifying offer instead? Lots of moving parts here as training camp is set to begin.
Sep 17 - 12:43 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said he is "very optimistic" the Wolves will sign Karl-Anthony Towns to a contract extension before the regular season starts.

The Wolves and Towns can agree to a five-year, maximum extension worth approximately $158 million anytime between now and the start of next season. No player that has been offered a max extension off his rookie deal has turned it down. If Towns does not agree to the extension, he would still be a restricted free agent next summer. "We know how important Karl is to the future of the organization," Thibodeau said.
Aug 28 - 9:23 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns equivocated on Wednesday when asked whether Minnesota "still feel[s] like a second home."

"I'm very proud of the things I've been able to do so far," Towns said. "But I've had a lot of things that have to be talked about." In fairness to KAT, reporters were told that he would only be answering questions related to his basketball camp at Providence Academy, not his future with the Wolves, so we can't read too much into his reply. Last week he was reportedly in talks about a max extension worth more than $185 million over five years, and in late June the Wolves were "optimistic" he'd sign. We'll have our answer soon enough.
Jul 18 - 9:12 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns is reportedly in talks with the Timberwolves on a max rookie scale contract extension.

Towns is eligible to sign a five-year extension worth roughly $188 million this summer, and it sounds like that's the direction that this is heading. KAT has been an absolute beast since coming into the league, so this will be an incredibly easy decision for Minnesota management.
Jul 11 - 10:57 AM

Tom Thibodeau said the Timberwolves are optimistic they will be able to sign Karl-Anthony Towns to an extension this summer.

Towns is eligible to sign a five-year extension this offseason, which could be worth up to $188 million if he is named to another All-NBA team next season. Towns would be a restricted free agent after the 2018-19 campaign if he does not agree to the extension.
Jun 29 - 9:11 AM

Stephen Curry, Victor Oladipo, Jimmy Butler, Paul George and Karl-Anthony Towns were named to the 2017-18 All-NBA Third Team.

Both KAT and Oladipo earn their first All-NBA honors with Jimmy Butler getting his second of his career, which may be a slight surprise due to Butler not hitting 60 games and his team barely making the postseason. Butler did finish with 54 points in the voting, which tied Chris Paul and was just over Rudy Gobert (51), but those two played different positions to keep them off the All-NBA squads. Curry did lead the Third Team with 164 points, which put him just behind DeMar DeRozan (165) on the second team. PG-13 also picked up his fourth All-NBA nod.
May 24 - 2:29 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski doubts that the Timberwolves will try to trade Karl-Anthony Towns this summer.

"I think their owner would trade management/the coach before they would trade Karl-Anthony Towns," Wojnarowski said. "I don’t think they would allow that. I just don’t believe they’d allow that kind of decision." There have been some rumors floated around recently that KAT is at odds with management, but it would make zero sense for the Wolves to try and move their franchise center, particularly with him eligible for an extension this summer.
Source: Uproxx
May 23 - 11:59 AM

The Timberwolves have "taken some calls" on Karl-Anthony Towns, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Earlier this week on his podcast, ESPN's Zach Lowe said that Towns and the Wolves were "not in a good place." Windhorst reports that he doesn't think the Wolves are looking to trade KAT, but "teams are definitely sniffing around." It seems extremely unlikely that Minnesota would seriously consider moving Towns, but stranger things have happened. We will certainly keep an eye on this situation over the summer.
Source: NBC Sports
May 22 - 12:26 PM

According to Zach Lowe on ESPN's Lowe Post Podcast, Karl-Anthony Towns and the Wolves are not in a good place right now.

Lowe also mentioned local Minnesota reporter Darren Wolfson of KSTP had similar thoughts, and ESPN's Brian Windhorst mentioned that the Celtics could possibly take a look at a KAT deal. To be very clear here, there is nothing to report on a trade even being close, so just keep this in mind in July. The Wolves are not going to have cap space and they're one of the shallowest teams in the NBA.
Source: ESPN.com
May 18 - 3:10 PM

The Wolves' season ended on Wednesday despite Karl-Anthony Towns getting 23 points (9-of-14 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block in 36 minutes.

KAT failed to score double-digit points in Games 1 & 2, but he began to decode the Rockets' swarming, switching defense with three straight double-doubles. He stayed aggressive when the Rockets went small without Clint Capela tonight, forcing coach Mike D'Antoni to re-insert Capela, which is exactly the type of gameplan-altering impact KAT needed to have in this series -- unfortunately, it's a case of 'too little, too late' for the Wolves' franchise centerpiece.
Apr 26 - 12:53 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns hit 9-of-15 shots for 22 points and 15 rebounds in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, putting the Wolves down 3-1 in their best-of-seven series.

KAT hasn't been spectacular in this series, but at least came through with some points and boards tonight. He didn't have a steal, block or a 3-pointer tonight and the Wolves got blown out by a score of 50-20 in the third quarter, but this was a much better showing for Towns than Games 1 and 2, when he scored a grand total of 13 points. It appeared the Wolves had a chance to even the series up at 2-2, but all of those hopes and dreams died in the third quarter. Game 5 is Wednesday at Houston.
Apr 23 - 10:27 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 18 points with 16 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

His first shot attempt didn't come until 10:46 left in the second quarter, but he got it going in the second half. The Rockets have made it clear they don't want KAT to beat them after he averaged just 6.5 points in the first two games, but so many players getting it going for the Wolves made it tougher to key in on Towns. Maybe he'll get off to a better start in Game 4 on Monday for his first monster playoff line.
Apr 21 - 10:09 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns shot 2-of-9 for five points during the Wolves' lopsided Game 2 loss, adding 10 rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

KAT was held to eight points on nine shots in Game 1 and the Wolves talked a lot about getting him going offensively, but that obviously didn't come to fruition. He was held to single-digit scoring just twice during the entire regular season and the fact that Houston has limited him in consecutive games is mind-boggling -- the Rockets did have the sixth-best Defensive Efficiency in the league this year, and their swarming defense has short-circuited the Wolves' offense. Towns and the Wolves will go back to the drawing board for Game 3 at the Target Center on Saturday.
Apr 19 - 12:11 AM

Jeff Teague said the Wolves "definitely have to get [Karl-Anthony Towns] a couple more touches" during Game 2 on Wednesday.

Towns only scored eight points on nine shot attempts in Game 1, and coach Tom Thibodeau said afterward that Towns needed to be more "active" to exploit the Rockets' smaller lineups. "You run the floor," Thibodeau said. "Kick the ball out, re-post, keep moving around, search it out, get to the offensive board. You've got to sprint around ... You also have to get to positions in which it's difficult for them to double-team you." One way or another, KAT is going to see his usage increase after a disappointing playoff debut.
Apr 17 - 5:17 PM

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PosRoleName
PG1Jeff Teague
2Derrick Rose
3Tyus Jones
SG1Jimmy Butler
2Josh Okogie
3James Nunnally
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Keita Bates-Diop
3Luol Deng
PF1Taj Gibson
2Anthony Tolliver
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Justin Patton