'Nothing happening right now' between Towns, Timberwolves regarding extension
Despite Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau saying he was “very optimistic” the organization will sign big man Karl–Anthony Towns to a contract extension before the season starts, there is currently nothing happening right now between the two sides.
ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst, appearing on The Jump, said the fact that a deal hasn't gotten done yet is "sort of eyebrow raising." He does, however, believe a deal will eventually get agreed upon, but it might not be for the full five years.
Towns is entering the final year of his rookie contract and currently slated to make $10.2 million in 2018-19. If he and the Timberwolves are unable to agree upon an extension before the season starts, Towns will enter restricted free agency in the summer of 2019.
The All-Star averaged 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists this past season, shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from three. Towns’ stellar play helped the Timberwolves make the playoffs in the rugged Western Conference for the first time since 2004.
In May, The Athletic reported there was a slight disconnect between Towns and the franchise. The Timberwolves parted ways with player development coach Vince Legarza, who was very close with Towns.
Multiple reports have surfaced this summer which have claimed Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler is frustrated with the work ethic of Towns. In July, Towns said he has some things to discuss with the Timberwolves.
“I think I’ve done a lot of things here,” Towns said. “I’m very proud of the things I’ve been able to do so far. But I have a lot of things that have to be talked about, so I’ll move on.”