Karl-Anthony Towns on Contract Extension With Wolves: 'I'll Let it Come if it Comes'

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVApril 30, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 29: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves yells during player introductions before the start of Game Six of the Western Conference First Round against the Memphis Grizzlies at Target Center on April 29, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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Karl-Anthony Towns is happy in Minnesota, but he wouldn't go as far as verbally committing to signing a long-term contract with the Timberwolves. 

“I love this city. So obviously things will happen this summer, when they happen they happen," Towns told reporters Saturday night. "l’ve been here so long | don’t like making prophecies, I’ll let it come if it comes. And if it comes, it comes, then we’ll deal with it when it comes. Just take every day, l’ve been here long enough to know that everyday things can change, so just be happy with where everything is at right now.”

Towns finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the Wolves' 114-106 loss in Game 6 against the Memphis Grizzlies, which saw the Timberwolves eliminated in the first round. The Grizzlies scored 41 fourth-quarter points to erase a 10-point deficit, continuing a trend that was prevalent throughout the series. 

Playing in his second career playoff series, Towns struggled in stepping up in the spotlight. He averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds and was held under 20 points in three of Minnesota's four losses. In Game 6, Towns made just six of his 18 shot attempts and made a couple of baffling decisions as the Grizzlies roared back.

"Being totally honest, I thank the Grizzlies for making us a better team, for us giving good fight, good series," Towns told reporters. "I think we all knew what this series was going to be and I think both teams showed why they deserve to be in the playoffs and why they deserve to have this chance to show what they can do."

The Wolves can offer Towns an extension worth around $230 million if he makes an All-NBA team this season. He is set to make $36 million in the final year of his contract in 2022-23.

While there had long been rumors about Towns forcing his way out of Minnesota, the team has gone out of its way to make him happy in recent seasons, trading for friend D'Angelo Russell and finding a potential superstar in Anthony Edwards.