Karl-Anthony Towns quickly became one of the top big men in the league after being drafted out of Kentucky in 2015. He has been the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves but he has been disgruntled at times. At some point, will he want out? If so, the Dallas Mavericks wait and do what it takes to acquire him via trade.
The Timberwolves are in the midst of another poor season. They are currently 5-16 and looking like one of the worst teams in the league. This could be because Towns has played just four games. He has missed time with a wrist injury. However, Minnesota surely would have been among the league’s worst regardless.
In those four games, Towns is averaging 22 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. His ability is undeniable when he is on the floor. In the absence of Towns, Malik Beasley has stepped up and leads the team with 20.1 points per contest. D’Angelo Russell is adding 19.1 points a night while rookie Anthony Edwards is having a strong first year.
If Towns ends up wanting out at some point, the Dallas Mavericks could be a team interested in making improvements down low. His situation appears somewhat emblematic of what Anthony Davis dealt with during his time with the New Orleans Pelicans but worse.
Throughout the offseason, it seemed as though the Mavericks were in search of a third superstar to team with Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic. If the front office grows a bit impatient with the injury problems surrounding Porzingis, they could look to throw him in a deal and get Doncic a different partner.
It would be interesting to see if Towns would be that partner. Let’s take a look and see how a trade such as this one would work out.