The Karl-Anthony Towns-led Minnesota Timberwolves have been an underwhelming outfit this year, which has led to them being the subject of various NBA trade rumors. They are currently 14th in the Western Conference standings and it looks like the franchise is headed towards the NBA lottery.
NBA Trade Rumors: Teams keeping an eye on the Minnesota Timberwolves' situation; Karl-Anthony Towns might leave
According to Bleacher Report's Eric Pincus, franchises across the league are keeping track of the Minnesota Timberwolves' current situation. There have been mumblings of Karl-Anthony Towns leaving, and naturally, no team would like to miss out on an All-NBA-caliber center.
Karl-Anthony Towns has been at his usual best for the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging a solid 24.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists on 39% shooting from behind the 3-point arc. He missed a major chunk of games due to Covid-19 but has been highly influential since making a comeback to the court.
The Minnesota Timberwolves made an ambitious move last season by pairing Karl-Anthony Towns with his good friend D'Angelo Russell, but the partnership has not been fruitful so far. Russell has struggled with injuries this season, which has been one of the major reasons behind the Minnesota Timberwolves' struggles.
If these NBA trade rumors are to be believed, the Timberwolves might dismantle their squad next season. A rebuild can be considered, resulting in both Russell and Towns - who are in their prime - looking for a new destination. The Wolves ended up with the no.1 overall pick in the 2020 draft, and it seems like tanking is the most viable option for the franchise at the moment.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have looked a bit convincing in their last few games, winning four matches in a row. Two of those wins have come against no.1 seed the Utah Jazz, with Karl-Anthony Towns playing a key role in all these wins.
However, it looks like we might see the former no.1 overall pick in a new franchise come next season.