Report: The Warriors have their eye on Wolves center Karl Anthony-Towns

The Warriors have “been monitoring” the situation of Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl Anthony-Towns with interest in a potential trade, according to a report from The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss.

Towns, the first overall pick in the 2015 draft, is averaging 26.5 points and 11.7 rebounds a game on an otherwise dismal 12-20 Wolves squad. Save for one brief year of mediocrity, this has largely been the story for the talented big man: putting up huge stats on Minnesota teams destined for the lottery.

Towns’ skillset fits with the Warriors’ ethos: though measuring at 6-foot-11, the two-time All-Star is launching 8.5 threes a game, sinking them at a 41.8% rate. A mobile big with the (theoretical) ability to both guard the rim and spread the floor on offense is an extremely desirable asset. The Warriors seem to understand this.

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“The Warriors have been monitoring Karl-Anthony Towns’ situation in Minnesota,” Strauss wrote. “He’s under contract until 2023-24 but has less reason than (Giannis) Antetokounmpo to be thrilled with his team’s trajectory. This was a topic among multiple team executives at the recent G League Showcase, with a few relaying word that Towns is unhappy in Minnesota.”

Of course, this remains a long shot. At the very least, the Warriors would likely have to part with D’Angelo Russell, who famously took an awkward helicopter ride with Wolves’ execs earlier this year.

As Strauss notes, however, the Warriors are now suddenly loaded with cheap, intriguing assets that could be packaged with Russell, and are on track to nab a high first-round pick in the 2020 Draft. Would this be enough to pry Towns from the Wolves? That probably depends on how much of a fuss Towns chooses to make.

In other words: stay tuned.

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