The Timberwolves Want to Give Karl-Anthony Towns $230 Million Reasons to Stay in Minnesota

The Minnesota Timberwolves are having one of their best seasons in franchise history sans Kevin Garnett, with All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns serving as the catalyst for success. The T-wolves reportedly hope to have the opportunity to keep Towns in Minnesota for the long haul by offering him a big contract this summer.

But there’s a caveat.

Big KAT can earn a $230 million supermax if he makes an All-NBA team. Interestingly, the Timberwolves evidently want their star center to nab a place on one of those three squads so they can offer him the most money possible, rather than negotiating a max extension at a lower price.

It appears the Timberwolves have every intention of making Towns the established face of the franchise for years to come. The question is: Has his season merited All-NBA selection?

The Timberwolves reportedly hope to offer Karl-Anthony Towns a $230 million contract this summer

Numerous NBA stars have the opportunity to cash out this summer if they make an All-NBA team, including Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine. Towns is also in that group.

The Timberwolves center stands to make $230 million if he is voted to one of the three All-NBA squads. Minnesota allegedly hopes that will indeed be the case.

On The Hoop Collective podcast, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reported that the T-wolves want the chance to sign Towns to a supermax and keep him in Minnesota through his prime years.

“They want Karl-Anthony Towns to make the All-NBA team. They want to be able to present him with a supermax deal and lock him in for a long time.”

–ESPN’s Tim Bontemps, via The Hoop Collective

Brian Windhorst suggested that Towns could still sign a max extension this summer. Still, Bontemps made the point that KAT — who already stands to make $70 million over the next two seasons — might hold off in an effort to make All-NBA during the 2022-23 campaign and sign a more lucrative deal next summer.

Towns has had an on-again, off-again relationship with the franchise. However, the Timberwolves don’t want him going anywhere, and a supermax might present the ideal commitment between player and team.

What is KAT’s case for All-NBA?

Breaking down Towns’ chances of an All-NBA selection

Will Karl-Anthony Towns make an All-NBA roster and have a shot at signing a $230 million contract. His numbers suggest as much.

Through his first 69 games, Towns is averaging 24.6 points on 64.2% true shooting. He has also racked up 9.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per contest.

The Timberwolves are one of the better offensive teams in basketball with KAT on the floor. They score 117.7 points per 100 possessions when he’s in the game, compared to an underwhelming 108.9 points per 100 possessions when he sits.

Towns has been especially dominant since All-Star Weekend. He has a 67.2% true shooting clip and an offensive rating of 127 in that span, which included a riveting 60-point performance in a March 14 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

The 26-year-old ranks third among centers in value over replacement player (VORP), trailing only MVP frontrunners Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid. He’s also third among 5-men in box plus-minus while being readily available all season, ranking 17th in minutes played.

Towns deserves a place on one of the three All-NBA teams. A recent development might guarantee his selection.

Recent All-NBA change working in KAT’s favor

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns looks on before an NBA game against the Boston Celtics in March 2022
Karl-Anthony Towns looks on before the start of the game against the Boston Celtics on March 27, 2022 | Kathryn Riley/ Getty Images

A recent topic discussion as it pertains to All-NBA voting is the notion of “positionless” players.

The subject arose in part because of Jokic and Embiid’s MVP candidacies. Those two could easily finish 1-2 in league MVP voting. But because of how the All-NBA teams are designed, one of them would land on the All-NBA Second Team.

However, eligibility could shake up All-NBA rosters.

The voting process will not change this season. Teams will still consist of two guards, two forwards, and one center. That said, Mike Singer of the Denver Post reported that Jokic and Embiid will be eligible at both forward and center.

This alteration should all but guarantee Towns an All-NBA spot. If Jokic and Embiid make All-NBA First Team, then KAT and Rudy Gobert are the two likeliest bigs to fill the remaining center slots.

Alas, the closeness and historic nature of the 2021-22 NBA MVP race could ultimately allow the Timberwolves to offer Towns the $230 million supermax.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.

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