October 22, 2020, 3:36 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Confirming what has long been speculated, the NBA Draft will go down on November 18.
It'll be a weird draft season with teams limited in terms of how many prospects they can visit in-person, as well as how little recent film might be available given the suspension of sports around the globe, but the draft is officially locked in. The Wolves hold the top pick and we'll just have to wait and see how it all unfolds.
Source: ESPN PR
September 28, 2020, 1:56 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves are reportedly confused by the 2020-21 draft class and will most likely attempt to trade the No. 1 pick, according to Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report.
Wasserman reports the Wolves' priority is to trade the pick for an established star or more likely a pick later in the draft. The team is allegedly anxious about the draft after "messing up last year" by picking Jarrett Culver. If the Wolves are unable to find a suitable trade and are forced to keep their pick, they will target LaMelo Ball over Anthony Edwards. The team is in an unfortunate position as none of the projected top-3 picks really fit alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell. If they want a player who works with their current roster, it's in their best interest to find a selection later in the draft.
September 2, 2020, 9:00 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Gersson Rosas is one of the most aggressive GMs in the NBA and the word around the league is that he’ll work the phones over the next couple of months at least to see what’s out there on the market for the No. 1 pick in the draft, according to Sam Vecenie of The Athletic.
It’s unknown at this point what the Wolves could get back but this draft does not have a true superstar at the top of the board while there are fit issues with the best players available. The bigger problem in Minnesota has been the defense, and both LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards are terrible on that end of the floor while James Wiseman overlaps with Karl-Anthony Towns. Expect more rumors in the next few months.
Source: The Athletic
July 22, 2020, 8:30 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Wolves owner Glen Taylor has put the franchise up for sale, according to veteran sports business reporter Scott Soshnick of Sportico.
Taylor, who has owned the Wolves since 1995, didn’t want a public auction and instead opted to ask the Raine Group, an advisory firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions, to find a buyer without the usual fanfare that accompanies a franchise sale. There are several parties who have bid on the team already, with a group led by Kevin Garnett rumored to be one of them. A deal could be completed within a month and it could only be a step forward for a struggling franchise who is trying to build around Karl-Anthony Towns. The Wolves have made the playoffs just once in the past 15 seasons, while they were averaging 15,066 fans a game at the Target Center before the regular season was halted, placing them last in the 30-team National Basketball Association.
July 15, 2020, 2:44 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
A fractured left wrist limited fantasy stud Karl-Anthony Towns to playing just 35 games in 2019-20, seeing him drop to 59th and 61st in 8/9-cat total value, respectively.
KAT was a former paragon of durability across his first three seasons in the league, but alas, a fracture in his left wrist prevented him from playing his regular complement of games. On a per-game basis though, KAT was able to remain a stud, putting up top-3/4 value in 8/9-cat scoring with averages of 26.5 PPG, 3.3 3PG, 10.8 RPG, 4.4 APG and 1.2 BPG on 50.8 percent shooting from the field and 79.6 percent from the line. Expect fantasy's second-best big man to aim for a bounce-back season come 2020-21.
May 20, 2020, 1:13 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves will be opening their practice facility for voluntary workouts on Thursday.
The Wolves will be operating under strict guidelines, including a 45-minute limit on all workouts and a 12-foot distance between the player and coach who are on the floor together. The restrictions point to how much more progress needs to be made before basketball can come back but the Wolves are now the 18th team to open things back up to some extent.
Source: Minnesota Timberwolves
April 14, 2020, 12:50 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jacqueline Towns, the mother of Karl-Anthony Towns, passed away on Monday evening after battling with Covid-19.
Our heart goes out to Towns, his loved ones, and anyone who was a part of Jacqueline's life. Please take social distancing seriously.
Source: Wolves on Twitter
March 6, 2020, 6:12 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) will be re-evaluated in another two weeks as the Wolves continue to pursue a "non-operative strategy" for the recovery.
Gulp. Another two weeks just to be re-evaluated is scary as the season is rapidly reaching its conclusion at that point. Your format and team's situation in the standings will determine your best move at this point, but for H2H leagues you are most likely in the thick of the playoffs, and Towns is still going to need more time to retake the floor once he is cleared for activity. This is not looking good.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
February 28, 2020, 10:51 pmD'Angelo RussellPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
D'Angelo Russell kept up his solid play on Friday against the Magic, dropping 28 points, dishing out seven assists and snagging three rebounds in the Wolves' loss.
Since sitting out (for which the Wolves' were fined), he has scored 29, 27, and 28 points in the subsequent three games. When he's out there and healthy, there's no stopping him. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Russell has been on two different teams that are not near playoff contention so his playing time has been a question mark nearly every game. It's also quite the disappointment that he and KAT were barely able to suit up together before the latter went down with an injury. Hopefully we get to see that again before the season comes to a close.
February 21, 2020, 6:07 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns' left wrist injury has been confirmed to be a fracture and will be reassessed in two weeks' time.
At least we have a timeline. KAT's status for the close of the season has the potential to swing many fantasy leagues before it is all said and done. The Wolves want to see what he can do alongside D'Angelo Russell, and no doubt Towns feels the same way, but it is not worth pushing the wrist beyond the damage that has already been done. If Naz Reid or James Johnson are still available, both make for standard league pickups for however long KAT is absent. They should have late-round value.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter
February 20, 2020, 4:21 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) will not play on Friday.
It's been reported that Towns will miss some games coming up so this isn't necessarily a surprise, but it's still frustrating because Minnesota hasn't given any kind of specific timeline about how long KAT will be out. Naz Reid and James Johnson are the two big winners from a minutes perspective, with Johnson having the better shot at fantasy value because of his stat set. Both are potential low-end adds in standard formats.
Source: Wolves on Twitter
February 19, 2020, 4:57 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) did not practice on Wednesday and will miss some upcoming games.
No word on how long Towns will be out, but fantasy GMs have to be sweating after KAT already missed a big chunk of time with a nebulous injury earlier in the year. Naz Reid and James Johnson split the center minutes when Towns sat before the All-Star break and look to be your pickups of choice. There's no guarantee that either holds 12-team value but both are worthwhile fliers, with Johnson's game more well-rounded.
Source: Chris Hine on Twitter
February 13, 2020, 5:43 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
According to Jon Krawczynski of the Athletic, Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to miss additional games following the All-Star break with a left wrist injury.
The initial news came as a surprise to the basketball community as it didn't appear that Towns suffered this injury in their game on Monday. Naz Reid, James Johnson & Juan Hernangómez will all see increased value while Towns is out.
Source: The Athletic
February 12, 2020, 6:23 pmJames JohnsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
James Johnson will start for the injured Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) on Wednesday.
Johnson could have some appeal in 14-team leagues for the rest of the season as the Wolves have an entirely new roster mid-season. He is also an excellent short-term streaming candidate for as long as KAT will remain out and should be looked at as a low-cost option in DFS lineups.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
February 12, 2020, 6:00 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets and he will undergo further evaluation over the All-Star break.
This is the first that we are hearing about this injury and we will need to wait to get more news before deciding to stream anyone in particular. Naz Reid, James Johnson and Juan Hernangómez just became a lot more attractive in DFS on Wednesday's slate.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter