Report: Karl-Anthony Towns has not requested trade
Karl-Anthony Towns, who earlier this offseason was rumored to be on the outs with the Minnesota Timberwolves, has not requested a trade, per a report from Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic (subscription required). In fact, Towns and the Timberwolves may soon start negotiations on a contract extension.
Word of Towns’ purported unhappiness began to surface last month when the Timberwolves fired three members of the staff, including a Towns favorite, player development coach Vince Legarza. Things reportedly went downhill from there, per rumors.
However, according to this most recent report, Towns and the T’Wolves, including head coach and top executive Tom Thibodeau, are on the same page.
“Thibodeau and Towns have spoken on the phone this offseason, league sources told The Athletic, and there is expected to be more substantive dialogue in the coming weeks when Towns returns from his travels,” Krawczynski writes. “According to several people familiar with the situation, there has not been an impasse between the two. Towns has not asked for a trade and the Wolves are not considering trading him. As contract extension talks kick off for Towns this summer, the communication only figures to increase.”
Thibodeau, meanwhile, indicated there is no tension between himself and Towns, saying he and the superstar “are in a good place.”
Thibodeau went on to cast doubt on all the rumor-mongering that occurs during the typical NBA offseason.
“When you look around the league, there’s rumors everywhere, so you don’t want to respond to every rumor,” Thibodeau said. “And when you go down a path where you’re trying to change things to improve, there’s going to be some bumps in the road. But your communication, what you’re doing every day, these are not uncommon things.”
The Timberwolves made a big leap last season, both in victories and how the team finally reached the postseason after a decade-plus-long absence. After locking up Andrew Wiggins with a long-term extension last year, KAT is next up for one; and after that, Jimmy Butler, if the Wolves hope to keep their nucleus intact.