Karl-Anthony Towns led the Minnesota Timberwolves to their first playoff appearance in four years last season.  (David Berding/Getty Images)

Timberwolves give supermax extension to Karl-Anthony Towns

NBA big man Karl-Anthony Towns will sign a four-year, $224 million supermax contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves that will run through the 2027-28 NBA season, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The extension is on top of the $70 million Towns owe over the next two seasons.

Newly hired Timberwolves executive Tim Connelly hinted that this deal was coming when he recently told Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, “He’s special and deserves everything that’s coming his way.”

Towns was even more vague when addressing his contract situation at the end of last season.

“I love this city, so obviously things are going to happen this summer. When they happen, they happen,” he said, mystifying what financially was a simple decision. “I’ve been here so long, I don’t like making prophecies. I’ll let it come if it comes. And if it comes, it comes, and we’ll deal with it when it does.”

Towns’ rivals retired Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki as the tallest shooter over 6-foot-10 in NBA history. The 26-year-old has shot 40% on four 3-point attempts per game in seven seasons.

1 overall pick in 2015, Towns averaged 24.6 points (on 53/41/82 single shots), 9.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 blocks and steals combined in 33 .5 minutes per game last season. He led the Timberwolves to a seventh seed in the playoffs, where they lost a six-game first-round series to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Minnesota Timberwolves to their first playoff appearance in four years last season.  (David Berding/Getty Images)

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Minnesota Timberwolves to their first playoff appearance in four years last season. (David Berding/Getty Images)

It was only the second time Minnesota reached the playoffs under Towns’ tenure.

With Towns operating alongside rising star – and fellow No. 1 (2020) – Anthony Edwards, Wolves posted the NBA’s highest offensive rating after the New Year, scoring 118.4 points per 100 possessions. The emergence of Jarred Vanderbilt and Jaden McDaniels, along with the addition of Patrick Beverley, bolstered the defense on a roster that also includes offensive-minded guards D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley. Together they were one of the best teams in the league in the second half of last season.

For his part, Towns made the All-NBA Third Team, qualifying for this supermax extension. His Minnesota field career was marked first by great promise and then by tumult, as All-Stars Zach LaVine, Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins all passed. The loss of his mother and six other family members to COVID-19 brought tragedy off the field, and he used it all as fuel for a career season in 2021-22.

In 2016, half of the league’s general managers said in an annual poll that if they were starting a franchise and could sign any NBA player, Towns was their first choice. He may have disappeared from this list, but his latest contract is a reminder that at least one franchise is still comfortable making his face all these years later.

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Ben Rohrbach is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Do you have any advice? Email him at rohrbach_ben@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @brohrbach

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