After losing their twelfth straight game, Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns vented his frustrations with the organization.
Karl-Anthony Towns has had enough of the Wolves’ losing ways, and he finally spoke up about it after saying the right things for years.
The Minnesota Timberwolves were in the midst of their second 11-game losing streak of the season before making a trade that sent five players away and brought in four new players along with a good first-round draft pick from the Nets.
While that deal was a good piece of business from Gersson Rosas, it left Minnesota extremely shorthanded for a home game against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Timberwolves made a run in the fourth quarter, but they were thoroughly dominated as the Hawks won in wire-to-wire fashion just as the Kings had done in Minnesota’s previous game.
While the loss was excusable, considering the Wolves had to play a bunch of players that weren’t in their regular rotation, Karl-Anthony Towns sounded off on the organization as Minnesota’s season hit a new low.
"“I’ve been losing for a long time. I’m not trying to do that s*** anymore,” said Towns to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski. “So every possession means a lot. You obviously see my patience running low with a lot of things. There’s no excuses. We gotta get it done.”"
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The loss to the lowly Hawks was only the tip of the iceberg of KAT’s frustration.
On Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the Wolves were unlikely to complete a trade for D’Angelo Russell as they were reportedly unwilling to meet the Warriors’ price in trade negotiations.
Towns and Russell have a close relationship and KAT has been recruiting D’Lo to come play with him in Minnesota for at least a year. The disappointment of the front office not being able to get that deal done after months of negotiation had to play a major factor in Towns’ decision to speak out.
Then, the Wolves’ front office decided to trade away Robert Covington who Towns considered his best friend on the team. NBA players know that this is a business above all else, but losing a teammate that he was close to had to cause a stir within KAT.
All of that frustration showed itself on the court against Atlanta as Towns looked disengaged against a Hawks team that he should have dominated.
If the Wolves don’t make a major move to acquire another star to play alongside KAT and they can’t break out of this funk that they’ve been in for months, Towns is going to go into the offseason with an even higher level of discontent.
KAT is in the first year of a five-year max extension, so Timberwolves fans don’t have to go into a complete panic yet as he’s under team control through the 2023-24 season. However, we’ve seen superstars demanding trades earlier and earlier on in their contracts in today’s NBA, so Minnesota’s front office needs to do everything they can to ensure that Karl can envision himself winning in a Wolves uniform.
For now, it’s too early for Wolves fans to lose their minds over these comments. But the pressure is on for Gersson Rosas and Ryan Saunders to build a winning environment as soon as possible.