Minnesota Timberwolves team president Tim Connelly has made it clear that the franchise intends to keep superstar big man Karl-Anthony Towns with the team for a long time, as Towns is eligible for a supermax contract extension this offseason.
To put it plainly, the Wolves are going all in with Towns, 26, who could sign a four-year contract extension worth $210.9 million.
“I hope he’s here forever. I hope we have the type of team success that would allow us to look up and see Karl’s jersey being hung up in the rafters,” Connelly said, during an interview with the Star Tribune.
“I reached out to a bunch of these guys, but I don’t want to force relationships. You have to develop those things naturally. So, I’ve heard so many great things about him. I know how great a player he is on the court, but off the court it’s been so consistent, just an unbelievably sweet guy that treats everyone in a really classy manner.”
Connelly said that he expects even bigger things for Towns moving forward, and can build some consistency with head coach Chris Finch.
“I think he’s been through so much, so many different faces and different chairs, from the front office to the coaching staff. So I think with continuity with Finchy [coach Chris Finch], you’re going to see a better version of Karl and he’s already a great player” he continued. “I know he’s good enough to win at a high-high level, and I know how much he cares about this city and this team, so I think that would be an unbelievably cool thing for Karl and this team that he only wears one jersey and we win a ton of games and we’re old and fat and watch the jersey being hung in the rafters. I’m already old and fat, but older and fatter.”