Former Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns has been in the news quite a bit lately, mostly surrounding his contract situation with Minnesota and his future with the organization.
Like his former teammate Devin Booker, Towns is now eligible for a max-contract extension with the franchise, and most expect him to eventually sign a contract even bigger than Booker’s five-year, $158 million deal in Phoenix. Going into his fourth year, the 7-foot center is eligible for a $187 million contract over five seasons, good for an average of $37.4 million per year.
That was until recent locker room chemistry issues in Minnesota spread, with Jimmy Butler being the root of it all. The former Chicago Bull just turned down a four-year extension with the team, and there is reportedly tension between him, head coach Tom Thibodeau, and Towns. As a result, we’ve heard rumors of both Butler and Towns being traded, along with Thibodeau being relieved of his coaching duties.
This week, Towns didn’t do much to dismiss potential problems brewing in the locker room.
On Wednesday, a reporter at Towns’ youth basketball camp cleverly asked the former Wildcat about his future with these specific camps, asking if he could see himself hosting them in Minnesota for the next several years. It was a loophole way of asking Towns about his future in Minnesota.
He said he was a fan of the area, but wasn’t certain.
“Um, I don’t know,” he said, according to the Star Tribune. “This is a really nice place.”
As a follow-up question, another reporter flat-out asked Towns how contract negotiations were going and whether or not he was going to be around for the long run.
Once again, the Timberwolves big man sidestepped.
“I think I’ve done a lot of things here. I’m very proud of the things I’ve been able to do so far,” Towns said. “But I have a lot of things that have to be talked about, so I’ll move on.”
Last season, Towns helped lead the Timberwolves to their first playoff birth since 2004, averaging 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game in the process.
Back on July 2, Thibodeau said he was hopeful he could lock up a deal with his star big man in the very near future.
“I don’t,” Thibodeau said. “We’re just optimistic it will be done as soon as possible.”
Just a few weeks later, no one knows for certain.
As rumors continue to circulate, we know of at least one individual that would love for Towns to join him in Phoenix.
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) May 19, 2018