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In regards to rumors of potential tensions between Karl Anthony-Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves, Brian Windhorst of ESPN says there’s plenty of smoke.
Last week, Windhorst broached the subject on a podcast last week. Appearing on ESPN this week, Windhorst said teams across the NBA are closely monitoring the situation between Towns and the Timberwolves, according to Dan Feldman of NBC Sports.
“Let’s just put it this way: I didn’t make this up,” Windhorst said, per Feldman. “People in the league have been saying, ‘You know, maybe we should call and take a look and see what’s going on with Karl Towns.’
“Now, he and Tom Thibodeau did not have the greatest season together. I think that’s fair to say. They recently fired Vince Legarza, who’s his strength and conditioning coach – or he’s actually his workout coach – with the Wolves and, according to The Athletic, didn’t tell him about it. He found out when everybody else did.
“I don’t think that the Wolves are looking to trade him,” Windhorst continued. “But teams are definitely sniffing around as if maybe there’s something here.”
Windhorst made reference to a a report from January that said the Los Angeles Clippers called the Timberwolves and talked about offering Blake Griffin in a potential deal involving Towns. Griffin was eventually sent to the Detroit Pistons in a blockbuster trade.
Towns, a former first overall pick, will be eligible for an extension for the first time this offseason and while fourth-year players do not turn down maximum deals often, Towns could opt to do do. Even is he does, however, Towns would be a restricted free agent in 2019, meaning the Timberwolves would have the opportunity to match any offer sheet he signs.