The door could open for Karl-Anthony Towns to receive a $32 million raise over the next five seasons.
He’s doing his part, at least.
If the Pelicans shut down Anthony Davis for the rest of the season, that’d seemingly leave an All-NBA center spot up for grabs. Towns – who’s competing with Davis, Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic – would become favored to get it. And if he makes one of three All-NBA teams this season, Towns would received a projected $190 million, up from a projected $158 million, on his contract extension that kicks in next season.
Of course, Towns must earn All-NBA status on the court – no given, even if Davis sits. But clutch shots like this one that gave the Timberwolves a 99-97 overtime win over the Grizzlies on Wednesday will only help Towns’ case.