The Minnesota Timberwolves own the top pick in this year’s NBA Draft, and according to reports, Karl-Anthony Towns will be selected first overall.
ZagsBlog reports that the big fella has been informed of the Timberwolves’ plans ahead of this Thursday’s draft.
Towns, a self-proclaimed New York Knicks fan, would join a roster featuring two former No. 1 picks in Canadians Anthony Bennett (who’s reportedly being dangled in trade talks) and Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins:
“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.”
The 7-foot Towns, a native of Piscataway, N.J. who starred last year at Kentucky, arrived in the Twin Cities on Friday night and took a tour of the Wolves’ new $25 million practice facility and dined with owner Glen Taylor, Saunders and several other team officials, according to The Associated Press. […] Minnesota also worked out Okafor, Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell and point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who played in China last season, last week but have now settled on Towns, the presumptive favorite all along to go No. 1.
“It would be a blessing and an honor to even have a chance to play for Minnesota and be able to have the chance to play for a great organization and learn from a great mentor like Kevin Garnett,” Towns said (on the night of the Draft Lottery.)