The New York Knicks seem to have their eyes on Karl-Anthony Towns, the Minnesota Timberwolves” star player, as reported by Stefan Bondy of the New York Post. Towns is apparently on the Knicks” radar as a potential trade target.
Towns, who had a somewhat limited run in the previous season due to a calf injury, managed to maintain his impressive scoring average of over 20 points per game for the seventh consecutive season in 2022-23.
The New York Knicks are monitoring Karl-Anthony Towns’ situation, per SbondyNBA pic./jl9Y1nMbFT
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Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau had high praise for Towns, describing him as “as gifted as they come.” Thibodeau cited Towns” victory in the three-point contest at the 2022 All-Star weekend and his record-breaking performances representing the Dominican Republic at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup as clear examples of Towns” dominance.
“Watching the progress he’s made throughout his career, he’s as gifted as they come,” Thibodeau said.
‘As gifted as they come’ Time and separation have only seemed to enhance Tom Thibodeau’s opinion of Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves star power forward — and potential Knicks trade target — who is coming to the Garden on Saturday night for a preseason contest. “Watching … pic./SfWwPCM2P3
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“When you look at an offensive player, particularly a big, the skill set that he has, I think we all saw, to win the 3-point contest and stuff like that, there’s nothing he can’t do offensively. He has continued to get better I think. He had some injuries to deal with. I watched him play in FIBA [the World Cup, for the Dominican Republic], he played really well there. He’s really, really gifted.”
Thibodeau expressed admiration for Towns” offensive prowess, emphasizing his versatility as a big man. He noted that Towns had consistently improved his game, even though he faced some challenges due to injuries. Thibodeau had closely observed Towns” strong performance in the FIBA World Cup and acknowledged his exceptional talent.
On ESPNNBA, Karl-Anthony Towns was just asked where he sees the Timberwolves finishing this season.
“I see us doing something special…”
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Despite the apparent mismatch in their previous stint together in Minnesota, it”s been suggested that Thibodeau would be open to coaching Towns once again. The Timberwolves had a tumultuous season last year, investing heavily in a trade for Rudy Gobert but achieving limited success in the playoffs and suffering a first-round defeat.
Towns” own season was marred by his injury, limiting him to just 29 games, during which he didn”t get many opportunities to play alongside Gobert on the court.