Minnesota Timberwolves: winners and losers from Karl-Anthony Towns’ super-max deal

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All-star center Karl-Anthony Towns recently became a richer man thanks to the Minnesota Timberwolves handing him the NBA super-max extension.

The Minnesota Timberwolves gave Karl-Anthony Towns the richest deal in franchise history. Despite the big deal, it is hardly good news for the Timberwolves.

On Saturday, the Timberwolves rewarded their franchise cornerstone with the NBA’s super-max extension. By agreeing to give Towns a five-year contract, worth $190 million, the Timberwolves are mortgaging their future on his development.

Keeping Towns was never a question for the Timberwolves. Entering in his fourth NBA season, Towns possess a high ceiling. And now he has some playoff experience under his belt. The Timberwolves are hoping for growth out of their star center.

The biggest area of concern for Towns has always been his aggressiveness. In his first three years with the Timberwolves, Towns has shied away from demanding the basketball during stretches. There should be no excuses now as the Timberwolves are paying him to be the man.

Not all is going grand for the Timberwolves, unfortunately. There is unrest in the Timberwolves’ front office between coach Tom Thibodeau and Timberwolves’ ownership. Oh, and there is that Jimmy Butler soap opera which continues to get messier by the minute.

Karl-Anthony Towns is clearly the big winner of his new contract extension. There is are a couple of losers and one more that has developed as a result as well.