Thibodeau 'very optimistic' Wolves will sign Towns to extension before season

Ashish Mathur

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau is "very optimistic" the organization will sign big man KarlAnthony Towns to a contract extension before the season starts.

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.

"We know how important Karl is to the future of the organization," Thibodeau told Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

Towns 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.

Towns said in July 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.”