Karl-Anthony Towns misses out on $31 million with All-NBA snub

It does give the Timberwolves some cap flexibility though.
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Nobody should feel bad for Karl-Anthony Towns, who is already set to make more money over the next few years than most people will make in their lifetime.

But you can understand why he might be a little disappointed when discovering he didn't make one of the All-NBA teams announced Thursday.

If KAT had made even the third team, the five-year max contract he signed last offseason would have jumped more than $31 million - up to a whopping $189.7M million total, CBS Sports explains.

Instead, he'll have to make do with $158.05 million over the next five years.

This is, in a small way, good news for the Timberwolves' number-crunchers though.

Dane Moore, an NBA writer for Zone Coverage, notes KAT's smaller max contract creates an extra $5.4 million in cap room for the Timberwolves this offseason. It also impacts the team's cap number in the years ahead, offering a bit more flexibility to acquire mid-level free agents or trade targets.

Moore explains further in his piece, and touches on how this could put Minnesota in the market for someone like Patrick Beverly.

KAT and many of the Wolves have been in Minneapolis recently, working out together. Earlier this week he promised to change the culture around the Wolves.

"That's why we're already – all of us are here – already back since two weeks ago getting our job done and getting to work," he said. "We're ready to go. And the fans deserve the best of me, Wig, and [we] damn sure are going to give them that."

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