NBA Rumors: 6 Teams Seen As Potential Trade Destinations For Karl-Anthony Towns

The Minnesota Timberwolves season didn't go down as planned after the team's big blockbuster move last summer to bring in Rudy Gobert. The two-center lineup with Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns didn't pan out, and now executives around the NBA are buzzing that a trade of Towns could be in the offing this offseason. 

According to Sean Deveney of Heavy Sports, there are six teams that have been mentioned as top suitors for Towns if the T-Wolves put him on the market. 

  • Miami Heat
  • New York Knicks
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Boston Celtics
In summarizing the potential destinations, Deveney lands on one that makes the most sense. 

Among the teams executives mentioned as potential suitors for Towns: Brooklyn and Miami (two teams that will inevitably come up in any potential superstar trade talks in the next six months, though the Heat’s Jimmy Butler has a rocky history with Towns), Portland (in a Damian Lillard deal?) and Indiana. Should Boston consider dealing away All-Star wing Jaylen Brown, which is a longshot, the Celtics could offer the best single player in return for Towns.

But if a Towns move comes about, New York is the likeliest landing spot.

Most of the teams on this list make some sort of sense, but the Knicks, always in the market for a superstar to add to the mix, do have some good young assets to offer the Wolves. Of course, that all depends on just how far the Knickerbockers can take this exciting playoff run they're currently on. 

The Knicks' opponent in the East Semi-Finals, the Heat, make less sense, as not only do they have a dominant center already in Bam Adebayo (though they have very different games), but former T-Wolve (T-Wolf?) Jimmy Butler just might have burned some bridges with Towns when he left Minneapolis with guns a-blazing. 

Would the Trail Blazers consider a swap of superstars? Or perhaps try to bring in Towns to form a formidable duo with Dame? 

The Nets have some serious assets to wave in front of Minnesota, after acquiring a boatload of talent and picks from Phoenix and Dallas from the Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving trades. 

Should be an interesting summer in the Twin Cities, as they look to get things moving in the right direction. 

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