Timberwolves, Towns talking max contract extension

Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves are in talks about a max contract extension.

Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the budding star players in the NBA.

According to Michael Scotto and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, the 22-year-old is already having talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves about a maximum rookie scale contract extension.

With Towns in the final year of his rookie contract before Minnesota would have to offer him a qualifying offer and make him a restricted free agent, the Timberwolves certainly don’t want it to reach that point with the franchise big man.

The 7-foot, 244-pound Towns averaged 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 blocked shots in playing all 82 games last season for the Timberwolves.

In his third season in the NBA, he shot career-bests in field-goal percentage (54.5) and 3-point percentage (42.1).

For his career, Towns has career averages of 21.6 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 blocks, shooting 54.3 percent from the field and38.7 percent from the 3-point line.

The 22-year-old Kentucky product played in the All-Star Game for the first time last season, a season in which he helped the Timberwolves to the postseason since 2004.

Minnesota locked up Andrew Wiggins last summer and standout guard Jimmy Butler is in the final season of his contract.