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

Sherman Parsons
September 24, 2018

Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau is reluctant to trade Jimmy Butler.

The news is different than what was reported of the Wolves' front office earlier on Friday, who reportedly told teams they meant to keep Butler.

TSN's Josh Lewenberg notes that if the Toronto Raptors wanted to make a play for Butler, it would be hard because they would have to send out at least $15.8 million in salary and can not trade a first-rounder until 2021's selection. They wanted direction on how to proceed with Butler, and Taylor told them: Butler is available in trade talks, and I want it done sooner than later, sources said. The list of organizations interested in talking further with Minnesota is significant, league sources said: Brooklyn, Detroit, Houston, the LA Clippers, Miami and Philadelphia are among the teams interested in probing for deals.

Fast forward to now, and all is not well between Butler and his new team.

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Should that happen, it would give John Paxson a significant win in the trade, considering that Minnesota would have lost their main asset in the trade that brought the Bulls Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and Lauri Markkanen. They don't want to rush into a deal, but they also don't want to start the season with the discord and awkwardness of Butler still being on the roster.

Towns is going into his fourth season, was an All-Star for the first time a year ago and was the Timberwolves' second-leading scorer last season at 21.3 points per game.

Towns' willingness to finally sign his max deal means that he nearly certainly has been assured he's never going to have to see Butler in the Wolves' locker room ever again.

This would be an ultimatum but considering Karl-Anthony Towns is not going to sign his extension until the Butler situation is sorted out, timeliness is important in their inevitable decision. Trading for a 29-year-old Butler and paying him $190 million until he's 34 may fall under the category of skipping steps. They were bounced by the Houston Rockets in five games in the first round.

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