Timberwolves Trading Karl-Anthony Towns To Celtics?
Are the Timberwolves trading Karl-Anthony Towns to the Celtics?
Towns is in the midst of a frustrating year. Aside from a few persistent injuries that have kept him out, he is having a fantastic statistical campaign.
Thus far, the 24-year-old is averaging a career high 26.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
Unfortunately, those numbers have not done much to turn Minnesota’s fortunes around.
Despite Towns’ impressive stats and a career-year from Andrew Wiggins, the Timberwolves are 12-21 through 33 games so far.
Coming into the season, many considered the Wolves a dark horse playoff contender. Nearly halfway through the year, it has become abundantly clear that a postseason appearance is not in the cards for this group.
Recently, reports have emerged from the New York Post and The Athletic that Towns may be growing unhappy with his current situation.
Let the KAT stories continue. From the NY Post to this from @SherwoodStrauss. He relays buzz from the G League Showcase that “Towns is unhappy in Minnesota.” Make no mistake: folks are paying close attention to the happenings here. Comeback: it’s yr 1 of a 5-yr deal. #Twolves pic.twitter.com/Swnp8oeyZz
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) December 30, 2019
If that dissatisfaction continues to percolate, he may end up forcing his way out of town sooner rather than later.
Should a trade demand occur, one potential destination to keep an eye on is the Boston Celtics.
Celtics are currently sitting at No. 3 in the Eastern Conference and appear to be one solid big man away from competition with the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers.
If Towns truly wants out, Boston has enough pieces to offer a strong package for him.
The Celtics would likely send over some combination of Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Daniel Theis and then the 2020 first rounder from the Memphis Grizzlies and their own first rounders from 2020 and 2022.
That trade would accomplish a couple of things.
For Minnesota, it would allow the organization to start a fresh rebuild behind a new talent.
In Boston’s case, it would allow the team to fill its biggest weakness and legitimately compete for an NBA championship.
The biggest impediment to this trade right now is the lack of leverage Towns has, even if he does want to be traded. He is locked in long-term with Minnesota, and if the Wolves don’t feel like giving him up, they don’t have to.
That being said, as Paul George and Anthony Davis have proven, NBA superstars who want out tend to get their way. It may not happen immediately, but sooner rather than later, their organizations usually trade them before the situation becomes so toxic that it infects the rest of the team.