Projected top NBA draft pick and former Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns denied reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves promised him he would be the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s draft.
SNY reported on Monday that Towns was assured of being the top pick.
"Believe me, if I got a promise, I would let you know," Towns said to SI.com. "I wish I could get one. I’d be a lot less stressed."
Towns left Kentucky after one season, helping lead the Wildcats to the Final Four. He averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds, earning second-team All-America honors.
Towns met with Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders and owner Glen Taylor last week and went through a workout on Saturday.
If Towns is taken first, he would make around $5.7 million in his first season.
Minnesota has the top pick after finishing the 2014-15 season with an NBA-worst 16-66 record, missing the playoffs for the 11th straight season.
Towns insisted he doesn’t care where he begins his NBA career.
“It doesn't matter to me where I play,” Towns said to the Associated Press. “It matters what you do at the place you play at. It doesn't matter how successful or how unsuccessful a team is. It can all change with one pick.”
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