Karl-Anthony Towns
The Minnesota Timberwolves need to explore trade packages for Karl-Anthony Towns. What’s the point in continuing down this same path? (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Why can’t teams be honest with themselves? The Minnesota Timberwolves are never going to win with Karl-Anthony Towns. I should rephrase that. NOBODY is going to win anything with KAT. The Minnesota T-Wolves have lost the last 14 games KAT has played in. That’s not an accident.

In case you missed it, this is how the Timberwolves lost last night. Can’t make this one up. The game later went to overtime and the Kings closed the deal.

Stats are not the issue with Karl Towns. 27.6 PER, 26.9 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and an effective field goal percentage of 60.4. All of those things are great. He’s even knocking down shots from deep at a plus rate. So what’s the issue?

Jimmy Butler was right. Karl Towns is not a winner. He’s made of Charmin Ultra soft. It’s not a skill thing. I don’t know how you quantify it? There’s a reason why Jimmy Butler wanted out of there. There’s a reason why he took the reserve unit and mopped up the starters with them. What more is there to say?

Here’s the real problem. Minnesota is unwilling to even budge on a trade. They claim that Karl Towns is untouchable. But… WHY? Since Towns was drafted 6 years ago, Minnesota has not won more than 47 games. While the Timberwolves don’t have a storied history, Kevin Garnett found a way to at least win in the regular season. Outside of that 47 win season where they got blasted in the first round anyway, the high win total with Towns is 36. This season isn’t going any better.

It sucks. You never want to draft a player number one overall and have him not pan out. It sucks because Towns did pan out. He’s just not a championship caliber star. It’s not like he’s a box office seller either. Move on, it happens. The sooner Minnesota acknowledges it, the better off they will be.