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

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Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns
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Karl-Anthony Towns agreeing to a super-max contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves is mostly good news overall. It may set the Timberwolves back just a little bit, especially with a trade of Jimmy Butler imminent. A lot of parties get what they want directly or indirectly.

For Towns, he gets his payday. it is based mostly on his future performances as he is already a star in the NBA. Despite being in the league for three seasons already, Towns has a huge ceiling. Once he becomes more aggressive the dominant force becomes unstoppable.

Tom Thibodeau looks to be on the way out at least as the Timberwolves’ president. In many respects, he deserves a better fate. The question becomes if Thibodeau is gone soon after Butler is moved.

The domino effect is for the Timberwolves to fall down the Western Conference pecking order. It may be a good move for the franchise to endure a slight decline as each of their rivals have improved somewhat.

By choosing to extend Towns and actively shopping Butler the Timberwolves are possibly lottery-bound in the crowded West. The best way for the Timberwolves to improve their roster is within and through the NBA draft.