The Minnesota Timberwolves center has two All-Star appearances and one All-NBA selection in his seven-year career. But all the T-Wolves have to show for it is a quick first-round exit in 2018. With a return to the playoffs looking further and further in the distance, Towns took to Twitter and revealed his thoughts about staying in Minnesota without saying a single word.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are slumping
A few days into the new season, the Timberwolves gave their long-suffering fans a rare glimmer of hope. With a road victory over the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota opened up the year 3-1. During that stretch, KAT recorded a pair of 30-point double-doubles and shot 55.5% from the field.
Since then, the Wolves have dropped three games in a row to fall below .500. First, Minnesota fell 93-91 to the Denver Nuggets after holding a nine-point lead after the first quarter and a six-point lead with just under eight minutes left in regulation. The next two losses were much worse, falling by 18 and 11 points to the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers, respectively. Worse yet, all three losses were at home, dropping them to 2-4 in front of the Wolves faithful.
Towns’ production also saw a dip over the course of the three-game skid. KAT scored 14, 23, and 18 points on 40.9% shooting, more than 12 percentage points lower than his career average. He was also a liability on the defensive end, putting together a plus-minus of -59 after going +54 in Minnesota’s first four games.
“We’re on a three-game slide right now in the NBA,” Towns told the Star Tribune after Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers. “If I know one thing about slides here in Minnesota, it could go from three to 18 to 19, 20 really quick.”
Karl-Anthony Towns hit the ‘like’ button on a concerning tweet
After another down night, Towns voiced his frustrations to the media. But his frustrations spilled over to social media, as well, where a questionable ‘like’ sparked controversy.
Late Wednesday, a Twitter user sent a tweet saying, “#FreeKat”. The hashtag was a direct reply to a tweet that had both Towns and the official T-Wolves account tagged. Soon after, the star center “liked” the tweet. Since Towns has a public account, it allows any user to go to his profile and see his “Likes”. So naturally, people saw the #FreeKAT tweet on the list.
However, once word spread on his “like”, KAT played the classic social media excuse of claiming he was hacked. After alerting his 600K-plus followers he changed his password, he un-liked the tweet in question.
Should the Timberwolves entertain trade offers for Towns?
In the world away from social media, Towns hasn’t gone to the front office and demanded a trade. But given Minnesota’s abysmal tenure with him, it’s at least worth wondering whether the Wolves would be better off hitting the reset button and dealing their 2015 first-overall pick.
Since Towns entered the league, the T-Wolves have a winning percentage of .399. That is better than just four teams: the Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, and Phoenix Suns. However, the Bulls and Knicks each look to be playoff teams in the immediate future, while the Suns are fresh off of a trip to the NBA Finals. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s peak came in 2017-18, when Jimmy Butler came to town and helped get the Wolves to the playoffs with a 47-35 record.
Towns has two seasons and close to $70 million left on his contract after 2021-22. Considering he’s still just 25, he would have no shortage of suitors should the Wolves make him available. But for now, they should hope 20-year-old Anthony Edwards becomes a star partner for KAT and helps turn the fortunes around in the Twin Cities. Otherwise, Towns’ Twitter feelings could lead to a difficult conversation with management.
All statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference.
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