It's an often occurrence in the NBA: a really good star gets stuck on a really bad team. We have seen examples of this reality play out all throughout NBA history -- (Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony) -- and we are seeing it play out now with Karl-Anthony Towns.
Through 4 seasons in the NBA, the Timberwolves have only made the postseason once, where they were immediately bounced in 5 games.
There is no reason to think this upcoming season will fare any differently for them. As a result, according to Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report, the young center should demand a trade from the struggling franchise.
“Basketball would be better off with Towns playing meaningful games in late April and into May. That’s almost certainly not happening with the 2019-20 Timberwolves. They shipped out Jimmy Butler without bringing a star back. They still don’t know what they’re getting from Andrew Wiggins (or, if they do, it isn’t much). They have some intriguing youth, but it could be years before the youngsters consistently contribute at a high level. Towns deserves a chance to see if he can anchor a contender. It’s almost impossible imagining he’ll get that in the Gopher State any time soon.”
The player-empowerment narrative has certainly changed in recent years. We are seeing guys who were in similar situations force themselves out. Anthony Davis got out of New Orleans. Paul George weaseled his way out of Indiana.
Towns could do something similar in which he forces the Wolves to trade him to a contending or playoff level team. At the very least, it is a possibility the young star is likely considering as he nears his 24th birthday in November.