KEY POINTS

  • Karl-Anthony Towns will not be looking for a trade out of Minnesota just yet
  • Onlookers expected Towns to want out due to the turmoil that has gripped the franchise
  • Towns, Russell and Edwards are expected to lead the team once again this season

Despite the turmoil that has enveloped the Minnesota Timberwolves over the past day, All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns is not asking for a trade.

Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic went on SiriusXM NBA Radio to talk about the latest developments, and lack thereof, with the Timberwolves.

"Karl-Anthony Towns has weathered a lot of drama in his six years here. The Jimmy Butler situation. He's had a bunch of guys who have been president of basketball operations. He's had a bunch of head coaches," he said. "There's just been so much turmoil and tumult around him. You've seen stars ask out in other places and you say 'Do you really need to go that far? Is that really necessary?'"

"I think if he fired that bullet, I don't think many people would disagree. It's been a mess here," he added.

"Now so far, there's no indication that he's ready to go that route. I know the team has engaged directly with him and his representation over the last 24 hours to really try... They've engaged with every player to try to send a new message and get everyone on board and let them know what they're thinking and doing."

For outside observers, this is very surprising as many have thought that Towns would be close to wanting out of Minnesota by now.

Towns showed a mix of surprise and dismay to the sudden firing of Timberwolves team president Gersson Rosas via Twitter.

It appeared to be that their star player was not informed of what was going to happen.

Franchises have different policies when it comes to who gets to know the ins and outs of the organization, but it would have been expected that the franchise player would know what is happening within the front office.

The Timberwolves have been looking for a sense of consistency these past few years, and to their credit, they have been successful in doing so.

Towns and D’Angelo Russell will be leading the charge again this season, with last year’s Rookie of the Year contender Anthony Edwards expected to play a more prominent role this year.