Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns makes All-NBA third team, opens door to massive contract extension

Karl-Anthony Towns knows all that comes with winning. Disrespect, underestimation, it all dissipates in the wake of victories.

“Just gotta win,” he has said countless times in the past.

How true that has proven for the Timberwolves’ center.

Twice in his career, Towns has made the playoffs. In both seasons, Towns has made an All-NBA team.

His second such honor was announced Tuesday, when Towns was revealed as a member of the 2021-22 third-team, All-NBA. He finished as the third-team center, with two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic being first team, and Joel Embiid second.

Towns finished with 38 second-team votes and 60 third-team votes, placing him far, far ahead of fellow centers Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Miami’s Bam Adebayo for the third-team spot.

And with this latest honor comes a massive expected payday. Towns is now eligible to ink a supermax, four-year extension worth $210.9 million this summer, which will build upon the two years remaining on his current deal.

While new president of basketball operations Tim Connelly, named to the position Monday, has yet to make public comments since taking over the team’s basketball decision making, it’s a near lock the Timberwolves will indeed put the offer in front of Towns, and he’s expected to sign it. Towns was asked about the expected extension immediately after Minnesota lost to Memphis in Game 6 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

“I love this city. So obviously things…

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