Warriors have trade interest in Karl-Anthony Towns

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A recent report noted that the Golden State Warriors are monitoring Minnesota Timberwolves star center Karl-Anthony Towns.

The report from The Athletic also noted that the Warriors could trade D’Angelo Russell and some young talent like Eric Paschall and Alen Smailagic for Towns.

The Warriors are suddenly loaded with cheap, young players who could be packaged with Russell and they are also on track to get a high first-round draft pick in the 2020 Draft.

Despite signing a five-year $158.3 million max contract extension in September, Towns is apparently disgruntled in Minnesota, as the Timberwolves are 12-21.

According to the report, Towns “has less reason … 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.”

This is Towns’ fifth year in the NBA and the Timberwolves have made the playoffs only once in his four full seasons.

Towns is averaging 26.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, but has been dealing with a left knee sprain that has kept him out of the last seven games.

Towns has showed his shooting skill set, averaging 8.5 attempted three-pointers per game, making 41.8 percent of them this season.