The Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Friday that Karl-Anthony Towns has a fracture in his left wrist.
The team announced that the two-time All-Star center will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Towns suffered the injury before the All-Star break and missed Minnesota’s game against the Charlotte Hornets on Feb. 12.
Russell-Towns development put on hold
While his absence won’t have much of an impact on an already lost 16-37 season, the missed time will stunt the development of the the new Timberwolves core assembled with a trade-deadline deal that sent Andrew Wiggins to the Golden State Warriors for point guard D’Angelo Russell.
T’Wolves continue to search for answers
Despite Towns’ All-Star level of play during his five seasons in the NBA, the Timberwolves have remained one of the league’s worst teams, making the playoffs just one time since Towns arrived as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft.
Minnesota was the No. 8 seed in the 2018 playoffs, which resulted in a first-round exit to the Houston Rockets via a 4-1 series loss.
The Timberwolves are hoping that the addition of Russell — the No. 2 pick in 2015 and a close friend of Towns’ — will help push the team into playoff contention in future seasons.
The remainder of this season promised to focus on chemistry building. However long Towns misses will delay those efforts.
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