The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the most talented, young centers in the NBA. He is a modern-day big man who brings dynamic versatility to the offensive side of the ball, as he can dominate from the perimeter as much as he can inside the paint.
While he is a star in the making, he has yet to help the Timberwolves win many games. Minnesota has missed the postseason 16 out of the last 17 years, with the only appearance coming in 2018 when Jimmy Butler was on the team. That team in the 2017-18 season is the last time they had a winning record since the 2004-05 season as well.
The Timberwolves did start to show some life at the end of the 2020-21 season as Anthony Edwards began to emerge. The team selected Edwards with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft out of Georgia and he came on strong in the second half of the season.
The organization could elect to pair Edwards and Towns together alongside D’Angelo Russell, whom Towns wanted to join him in Minnesota. Or, they could elect to blow things up and rebuild around Edwards as the new face of their franchise.
If the Timberwolves decide they want to move on from Towns, there will certainly be a long list of teams that want to acquire him.
Here are three potential Towns trade destinations we would love to see.
Golden State Warriors
The Minnesota Timberwolves might be a little gun shy about making a deal with the Golden State Warriors again following the Andrew Wiggins/D’Angelo Russell deal last year. However, if Towns were to be made available, the Warriors could present an intriguing offer to the Timberwolves.
Golden State could give the Timberwolves their new building block in the middle with James Wiseman, who was selected immediately after Edwards in 2020. Minnesota would have a nice inside-out combination with Edwards and Wiseman on the roster.
The Warriors could also offer the Timberwolves their 2021 first-round pick, which ended up being No. 7 overall, back in a deal for Towns. In hindsight, that is not a deal Minnesota would do again, as another lottery pick would do this franchise some good.
For Golden State, this would give the team a major boost instantly. Towns is better suited to help the team in their quest for a title next season than Wiseman is.
The former Kentucky product will only be 26-years old this season as well, meaning he could lead the Warriors into life after their Big 3 of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.