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Beasley, Hernangomez and McLaughlin are restricted free agents and Johnson has a $16 million player option. “We obviously are very, very happy with the things that we were able to see from those guys that are free agents this summer,” Ryan Saunders said. “They’ll continue to be priorities. Gersson, we work closely, and it has been a great partnership of getting guys that fit our time line, fit the system, the style of play that we want to play and guys that fit around Karl and D’Angelo.”
She confirmed their romance earlier this month. And Jordyn Woods proved things are going better than ever with her NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns as they attended her PrettyLittleThing launch in LA on Thursday. Kylie Jenner’s former friend, 23, looked red hot in a pink dress which left very little to the imagination as she locked lips with the Minnesota Timberwolves player, 24.
Executives around the NBA say the Timberwolves prefer to trade down or out of this pick to bring in a win-now player to help Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell. If they stay at no. 1, Edwards brings a scoring skill set that would fit nicely in the backcourt next to Russell.
Why so much uncertainty? First and foremost, there is not a singular talent in this draft. Teams are all over the map in terms of who they like at the top. In that vein, the Timberwolves are doing due diligence on all of the top prospects. That also includes Ball, Anthony Edwards, and, yes, James Wiseman, despite the presence of Karl-Anthony Towns. I don’t think they’ll ultimately go the direction of Wiseman — hence why he’s not the pick here — but they’ve done enough work into him to where it would be wrong to totally take him off the table despite the positional overlap, per sources. Ultimately, though, this is kind of the issue for the Wolves. None of the three players who most executives consider to have the highest upside in this class particularly fit with the Wolves. Edwards and Ball are ball-dominant and poor defenders, skills that don’t particularly fit next to Towns and D’Angelo Russell. Wiseman is a center who would struggle to play with Towns even though his defensive prowess would help Minnesota.
If the Knicks hired Jason Kidd, a Towns move would have more traction. Tom Thibodeau and Towns didn’t get along in Minnesota. One source believes it was more Towns’ distaste for Jimmy Butler than it was the head coach. Of course, Thibodeau sided with Butler on all fronts. The Knicks have hired Kenny Payne, the former Kentucky assistant whom Towns adores. Towns’ former agent is Rose. There’s always been rumblings the Piscataway, N.J., product would one day ask out of Minnesota and want to play closer to home. Towns is in just the second year of a five-year, $158 million contract.
Omar Cooper, Okoro’s agent, said “every team in the NBA has reached out for Isaac Okoro,” including the Timberwolves. “I could see myself fitting in there, playing with D’Angelo Russell, Karl-Anthony Towns,” Okoro said. “I feel like I could come in there and play my role, do whatever the coach needs me to do in the game and just win.”