Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Karl-Anthony Towns Signs 5 Year $190m Extension With Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns Signs 5 Year $190m Extension With Timberwolves

In his first three seasons in the NBA, Towns has displayed great durability and has not missed a single game in his career.

From the outside, it would appear that reported friction between Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns is the true reason the rift has become this big of an issue.

Minnesota is unlikely to receive a hefty return for a soon-to-be free agent. He was also named to the All-NBA third team last season. The 23-year-old is a below average 3-point shooter and is undersized at power forward.

Here's the catch - Jimmy reportedly does NOT want to play for the Lake Show. even though he'd be playing alongside one of the GOATs.

Nevertheless, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor plans to be heavily involved in the decision-making process with president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden, league sources said. There was clear friction between Butler and Towns - the same friction exists with Andrew Wiggins, but the underachieving Wiggins is a secondary factor in all of this - and that needed to be cleared up.

The Clippers have two max contract slots available in July.

The Timberwolves also hope to unload the remaining $48 million on forward Gorgui Dieng's contract if they do indeed deal Butler. The market for Butler will likely be the five-year, $190 million maximum extension that could come with a trade to a new team, which means a team would be committing $40 million-plus annually to Butler as he reaches his mid-30s.

The Nets have been down the road of trading for aging, overpaid stars and it did not end well.

"If he happens to go to NY, he might be able to influence Kyrie [Irving] to come there or another free agent". Therefore, the Wolves' front office is ready to take some phone calls. This way, the Wolves could learn which teams would interest Butler in signing an extension next summer, which is information that would allow the Wolves to get the best possible return on assets for Butler.

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