Well, it’s that time of the year again: The Karl-Anthony Towns trade rumors are blowing up all over the internet and the NBA season hasn’t even started.
The Minnesota Timberwolves suddenly and shockingly decided to part ways with President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas. That left everybody blindsided including Towns, who took to Twitter to express how shocked he was.
The Timberwolves are going through a transition right now with their new owners. Some aren’t even sure if they’ll stay in Minnesota for long, and that’s not the kind of scenery that favors a young star like Towns. Thus, potential Towns trades continue to emerge as we speak.
Karl-Anthony Towns trade rumors
As it usually happens with the Karl-Anthony Towns trade rumors, there are plenty of takers but not many teams with enough assets to pull the trigger. Towns is just 25 years old and has yet to reach his prime, so you know the Timberwolves won’t let him go at a discount.
So, what teams could realistically make a run at the All-Star big man? Let’s break it down and take a look at the top 3 most realistic KAT trade destinations:
The Atlanta Hawks were two wins away from making it to the NBA Finals. And, while some people may think it was just a fluke, the reality is that the Hawks are hungry, up-and-coming, and look one piece away from being a legit championship contender.
The Hawks could try and make a run at Towns even if that means breaking up their young core. They’d have to give away Cam Reddish, Kevin Huerter, Clint Capela, two 2022 first-round picks, one 2023 first-round pick, and a 2023 second-round pick.
Towns and Trae Young would be a nightmare for opposing defenses. They’d still have Onyeka Okongwu as their defensive anchor, as well as plenty of veterans to round up their roster. The Timberwolves would get promising players and draft assets that fit Anthony Edwards‘ timeline.
The Golden State Warriors have been linked with multiple Karl-Anthony Towns trade rumors over the years. They were supposedly going to make a run at an All-Star in the offseason with their draft picks but took Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody instead.
Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that we should rule them out in any potential big move. They’re reportedly keeping tabs on Ben Simmons and we wouldn’t be shocked to see them try and make a run at Towns as well. Among all the potential Towns trades, this might make a lot of sense.
To get him, the Dubs would send Andrew Wiggins back to Minnesota, along with a combination of future first-round picks, plus James Wiseman and the aforementioned Kuminga. Then, the Timberwolves could try and flip Wiggins’ contract again.
And last but not least, the Oklahoma City Thunder might be the likeliest among all of the KAT trade destinations. Sam Presti has gathered a plethora of draft capital to land one or two stars, and the timing seems perfect for him to pull the trigger now.
The Thunder could land Towns in return for Theo Maledon, Darius Bazley, and/or Josh Giddey plus 3 future first-round picks. The Thunder own 36 future picks so it’s not like they couldn’t trade away their 3 selections in the upcoming draft.
OKC already have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as their franchise player, while Aleksej Pokusevski could end up being a star. Adding Towns to that mix could prompt them to make more moves and acquire more All-Stars to try and compete right away, and the best part is that they’d still be pretty young and with a bright future.
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