There have been rumors surrounding the Timberwolves this season regarding Karl-Anthony Towns‘ future in Minnesota, but Gersson Rosas isn’t planning on sending KAT anywhere.
But the dysfunction of the Knicks’ franchise caused most NBA fans to disregard that report, even though Towns is originally from the area in New Jersey.
Then, The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss (subscription required) fanned the flame by saying the Warriors were also keeping a close eye on the Towns situation as Minnesota started to slide down the Western Conference standings.
That report caused the fanbase to feel a little uneasy that yet another star player was going to force his way out of Minnesota after becoming frustrated with the franchise.
Towns’ mysterious injury where he was listed as questionable for nearly a month straight didn’t do anything to quiet the rumors of his unhappiness as fans were starting to come up with conspiracy theories to explain why he wasn’t on the floor.
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Luckily that noise has quieted down a bit as KAT has played well since his return from injury and illness, and Gersson Rosas was pretty explicit in a comment after a loss in Chicago last night that he is not planning on moving on from Karl-Anthony Towns.
"“Karl-Anthony Towns is as untouchable as they come,” Rosas told ESPN’s Eric Woodyard. “He’s the best player on our team and he’s the guy we’re building around. Everything we do is to help him become the best player and to help us become the best team we can be. He’s a special talent that we’re going to do anything possible to help him achieve his highest potential.”"
While those comments are encouraging to hear from the president of basketball operations, Wednesday night’s loss to the Bulls was a prime example of why Towns would be upset with his situation.
KAT was absolutely incredible on offense dropping 40 points on 16-of-24 shooting in just 31 minutes as the Wolves ease him back into heavy playing time after missing over a dozen games with that injury.
Despite that incandescent performance, the rest of the roster didn’t give him enough help to get a win that you’d expect to pick up if this team is going to make a playoff run.
Towns is in the first season of a massive five-year deal, so the most likely scenario is that he’s in Minnesota for the near future, and hopefully long-term. It sounds like Rosas is thinking the same way as he tries to build around their superstar player.