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Knicks Set to Pursue Karl-Anthony Towns with 100% Force If He Hits Market This Summer

Despite the Timberwolves’ willingness to pay luxury tax to retain the same team for next season, NBA insider Sean Deveney of Heavy Sports reports that the New York Knicks are “100% expected” to pursue Karl-Anthony Towns if he becomes available this offseason.

The impending enormous extensions for Towns, Anthony Edwards, and Rudy Gobert are a significant financial concern for the Timberwolves.

One Eastern Conference GM told Heavy Sports, “That team (the Timberwolves) is in flux. They want to keep building off what they did this year, but they just can’t afford it. So I would think it is 100% expected that if they move on from him when the dust settles, the Knicks are going to be there.”

Towns, who signed a four-year, $221 million extension in July 2022, will make $49.4 million next season. Edwards, on the other hand, signed a five-year, $204 million extension last offseason and will make $35.3 million next season.

Finally, Gobert signed a five-year, $205 million extension with the Utah Jazz in December 2020 and is set to make $41 million next season.

Towns, a four-time All-Star, has career averages of 22.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.3 blocks. He was the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Kentucky and has made two All-NBA teams.

KAT guided the Timberwolves to the NBA western conference finals, where they fell short to the Dallas Mavericks. 

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