This comes as a bit of a shock, as Towns seemed happy with his position as the face of the franchise. He even expressed a desire to spend his entire career in Minnesota. However, as we learned with Kevin Durant, opinions change with time.
Karl-Anthony Towns held his first MN basketball clinic at Hopkins: "I love being here. Hopefully I can spend the rest of my career here"— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) July 27, 2016
At the same time, there were signs that this friction existed. Towns had a disappointing playoff debut. On the flip side, the Timberwolves played well as a whole, exceeding expectations by taking a game off the first seed Houston Rockets. KAT has every right to be frustrated with his performance, which did not represent the excellent year he had. This unfortunate end to a great season could have strained his relationship with the team.
In addition, the Timberwolves recently let go Vince Legarza, a player development coach. Per Jon Kryzanski, Legarza worked closely with KAT. However, Towns was not given prior notice that Legarza was being fired.
This probably wasn’t the best way to make Towns feel as though he is a priority in the organization. If he is indeed unhappy with the Timberwolves, it’s understandable.
However, it’s not time to jump to conclusions just yet. Perhaps the relationship between Towns and Minnesota isn’t rainbows and unicorns, but he hasn’t requested a trade, at least not yet. Knock on wood.
KAT is still on his rookie contract, so he will not enter restricted free agency until the summer of 2019. The situation doesn’t seem dire, but it’s still worth keeping an eye on as the off-season progresses.