Timberwolves Notes: KAT, Title P, Branch, Spagnolo

After agreeing to a four-year, super-max extension earlier this offseason with the crew that chosen him first within the 2015 NBA draft, Timberwolves All-Star large man Karl-Anthony Towns penned an enthusiastic letter praising Minnesota followers in native paper the Star Tribune (h/t to NBA Retweet for capturing the picture).

“To one of the best followers within the NBA,” Towns started his missive. “When I arrived in Minnesota in 2015, I carried a number of weight on my shoulders… I arrived at a hopeful time for the franchise. The finest a part of my tenure right here is that we’ve such a shiny future forward — due to you all, the followers.”

“I’m not who I’m at this time with out you,” Towns continued. “Thank you for difficult me, holding me accountable, supporting me and giving me a spot to develop up and be taught what it means to characterize this state…. I promise to proceed main us to new heights for years to return.”

Towns might be suiting up for a new-look Minnesota membership this fall, thanks in no small half to the crew’s blockbuster commerce for the previous Jazz All-Star middle Rudy Gobert.

There’s extra out of Minnesota:

  • In current remarks made after agreeing to his new contract, Karl-Anthony Towns claimed to revel within the problem of lifting the crew that drafted him onto the trail to title rivalry, writes Michael Rand of the Star Tribune. “Lots of people in my place, you understand, they get to this spot with their second contract they usually’re trying to get a hoop — the simplest ring across the league,” Towns stated throughout a dialog for the Star Tribune’s podcast Daily Delivery. “I needed to take the tougher route. I needed to be loyal to the individuals who introduced me into this league and gave me an opportunity to show my value. I needed to win right here.”
  • Joe Brancha Timberwolves entrance workplace govt who first joined Minnesota following a stint as an agent with Roc Nation, is on the cusp of heading again to the company aspect, the place he’s set to latch on with BDA Sports, in response to Marc Stein (Twitter hyperlink).
  • Shooting guard Matteo Spagnolo, drafted by the Timberwolves with the No. 50 choose this yr, will be part of the Italian membership Aquila Basket Trento for the 2022/23 season, the crew introduced in a press assertion. Spagnolo heads to Aquila Basket on mortgage from Real Madrid, for whom the 19-year-old has performed since 2018. During the 2021/22 season, Real Madrid loaned Spagnola out to a different Italian crew, Vanoli Cremona. In 25 contests for Vanolia Cremona, the 6’4″ wing averaged 12.2 PPG on .440/.441/.861 taking pictures. He additionally notched 3.5 RPG, 2.6 APG and 0.8 SPG.

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