Karl-Anthony Towns doesn’t appear to be thrilled with the Minnesota Timberwolves’ blockbuster NBA trade on Tuesday night.
The Timberwolves agreed to a massive four-team, 12-player trade late on Tuesday evening. The highlight of the trade – for Minnesota, anyway – was shipping out Robert Covington to Houston. Covington was one of the most-coveted wing players on the trade market.
Here are the details, from ESPN:
One of the NBA’s most expansive trades in nearly 20 years saw the Timberwolves acquire two first-round picks, including Houston’s 2020 pick, which they moved on to the Denver Nuggets for guard Malik Beasley and forward Juan Hernangomez, sources said.
The Timberwolves keep the best available first-round pick in the trade deadline marketplace: Atlanta’s 2020 first-round pick via the Brooklyn Nets. Denver gets Houston’s 2020 first-round pick; the Nuggets are expected to be active offering it in deals to continue upgrading a roster that is third in the Western Conference standings.
Minnesota also acquired Atlanta’s Evan Turner and Denver’s Jarred Vanderbilt.
Towns, who’s been frustrated for multiple reasons this season, said before the NBA trade deadline that moving on from Covington would be difficult.
“I think it’s very obvious he’s my best friend on the team, so it would be very difficult if something like that was going to happen,” Towns said. “But like with Zach LaVine, this is a business. So like I said, I’m the one who just plays the game. I don’t get paid to make rosters and stuff like that. That’s why we have [Rosas] and them.”
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It’s been a rough season overall for Minnesota. The Timberwolves are 15-34 on the season. The Western Conference squad has lost 12 games in a row.