According to Skor North, Timberwolves star big man Karl Anthony-Towns wants out of Minnesota. The report states that a “really good player that knows KAT really well” told an agent that Towns is “good as gone.” No telling if the report is true, but Towns has plenty of landing spots if it is.
Devin Booker and the ‘bubble’ Phoenix Suns showed they have plenty to get excited about in the near future. The laughing stock of the NBA suddenly became a real destination for stars around the league. Doesn’t hurt that Karl Anthony-Towns happens to be one of Booker’s best friends. Phoenix has trade pieces that could get a mega-deal done like including 22-year-old big man Deandre Ayton in a deal.
Towns won’t do anything to help the Suns at point guard, but you can never go wrong grabbing the best player available. Any free agent guard hitting the market will take notice of a Booker-Towns duo. Living in Scottsdale, Arizona won’t hurt their pitch for a trio either. The Suns will have to throw in that 10th overall draft pick if they want to get serious about Towns. No sense in hanging onto their draft picks when half the team can’t walk into a bar for a drink.
New York Knicks
Not a great fit with Tom Thibodeau newly hired to coach this team. Not many stars like playing for him since playing heavy minutes became his signature. Reports that Karl Anthony-Towns’ “selfishness” was responsible for Thibodeau’s departure from Minnesota can’t be ignored. The big man will likely steer clear of a trade from New York to avoid this mess altogether.
With two years left on his deal, a trade will need to go down, but Towns has more control than people think. Trading for a player that will tell you he won’t stay is plenty incentive to pull the plug on a deal. The 2-time all-star will cause a stir the same way Anthony Davis did until he hears a deal to where he wants.
The Knicks need to trade for a star and this guy is the perfect fit, but Towns will need to approve. Good luck with that.
Golden State Warriors
The best fit in the league today for Karl Anthony-Towns is alongside the splash brothers. A perfect opportunity to transition from Draymond Green before that situation inevitably gets messy. With the #2 overall pick, putting a package together to impress Minnesota should be easy.
The space Steph Curry and Klay Thompson provide on the floor in 2021 would make double-teaming Towns an impossibility. Kevin Durant pissed off the world joining forces in Silicon Valley because he no longer could be guarded like a star. Anthony-Towns setting screens and rolling with Steph will take his game to the next level.
Most don’t want to see this as it likely takes back power of the league, but that’s not Towns’ or Golden State’s problem.
A move to join Damian Lillard in Portland will be much more difficult to pull off. Lillard and McCollum aren’t just the two best players, they’re best friends. Convincing Dame to approve of throwing McCollum in the deal is never going to happen. If Portland wants to get that third wheel to compete with the Lakers, they’ll need to mortgage their future.
Remember when we saw the Brooklyn Nets spend half a decades worth of first rounders to assemble the Paul Pierce-KG retirement tour? The Blazers will need to go full Brooklyn mode if they want to keep their duo together. A Dame-McCollum-Towns trio could do some serious damage in the west next year.
Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George was a complete waste of space in the 2020 playoffs and their front office should already be skeptical of his game. The Clippers have already made statements on improving the roster stating: “No one is untouchable other than Kawhi Leonard.”
What team would ever say their entire team was available to be moved and not exclude a guy considered to be a star? Cleveland said everyone was available other than LeBron when they nearly traded Kyrie Irving to the Pacers for Paul George. That type of rhetoric should prove that GM’s will show their hand if we pay attention to the things they say. Trading for Towns would have more to do with giving up on Paul George than it would believing in the big man.