Towns disputes report that Wolves promised to take him at No. 1 - Bring Me The News

Towns disputes report that Wolves promised to take him at No. 1

Author:
Updated:
Original:

After working out for the Timberwolves and dining with owner Glen Taylor and coach-president Flip Saunders on Saturday, it appears more likely than not that Karl-Anthony Towns will be drafted by Minnesota with the first overall pick on Thursday night.

But Towns told to the Associated Press Monday afternoon that he has "no promise at all" from the Timberwolves.

The AP's Jon Krawczynski is also reporting that the Wolves are the only team Towns has given a private workout to during the pre-draft process.

Earlier Monday, Adam Zagoria reported Minnesota has already informed Towns that they're taking him.

“It’s done, he’s going to Minnesota,” the source said. “[Minnesota President and coach] Flip Saunders was big on Jahlil Okafor for a minute there and after Karl came in [on Saturday], he decided to work out for them. He only worked out for them and it’s a wrap. It’s a wrap. They just told him they’re going to take him No. 1.”

Minnesota has also worked out top pick candidates Jahlil Okafor of Duke, D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State and Emmanuel Mudiay, who played in China instead of attending college as a freshman last season.

Towns one of the best prospects in years?

The prevailing question is whether Minnesota should take Towns over Okafor. FiveThirtyEight did a study based on past players and the results show that Towns is twice as likely to become a superstar and has a 20 percent less chance to be a bust than Okafor does.

ESPN Insider agrees that Towns is in a league of his own in this year's draft class. Since 2009, ESPN has ranked just six players as a "Tier 1" talent, meaning they are "surefire" All-Stars or franchise players. Towns made cut. The only other players to receive such high pre-draft praise were Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Blake Griffin, John Wall and Anthony Davis.

Wiggins looks like a superstar in the making while Griffin, Wall and Davis are already elite. Parker and Embiid battled injuries as rookies and have yet to prove how good they can be in the NBA.

"You have to be elite to get here," the column's writer, Chad Ford, says.

Next Up

peterson fischbach

Elections 2020 preview: 7th Congressional District

Will Collin Peterson hang on for yet another term?

Zimmer and Hunter

Zimmer explains why he called Hunter's neck injury a 'tweak'

The coach also said Dalvin Cook should return from injury this week.

magazines

60 charged in magazine scam that netted $300M

It's being called the largest elder fraud scheme in the country.

Screen Shot 2020-10-28 at 10.30.23 AM

The Star Tribune is shutting down City Pages

The free newspaper was bought by the Star Tribune in 2015.

billy's on grand

Coronavirus: Billy's on Grand will close for winter

The restaurant is among a growing list of eateries to close for the winter months.

ambulance

1 dead in early Wednesday crash on Interstate 694

The 28-year-old driver was not wearing a seatbelt, the State Patrol said.

enbridge line 3

Complaint argues that Line 3 pipeline replacement is no longer needed

Honor the Earth filed the petition with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Tuesday.

danny lee bettcher

Minnesota man who had 28 DWIs dies weeks after leaving prison

Danny Lee Bettcher is considered the most prolific drunken driver in Minnesota history.

coronavirus Wisconsin

Health leader calls Wisconsin's COVID-19 situation a 'nightmare scenario'

Wisconsin is reporting record numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Related