Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Has a Torn Meniscus, Will Need Surgery

Karl-Anthony Towns at the
Karl-Anthony Towns at the "Variety" Sports Entertainment Summit in 2017. Photo by Stewart Cook/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (8960146hv)

The Minnesota Timberwolves learned some devastating news that threatens to derail their outstanding 2023-24 campaign. Their star big man Karl-Anthony Towns has suffered a torn meniscus injury and will need surgery.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Towns will be out for at least a month after the surgery. There is hope that he might return early into the Timberwolves’ postseason campaign.

It is unclear when Towns suffered the injury. He played his most recent game on Monday, scoring 14 points and adding four rebounds in a 119-114 win over the Trail Blazers. Towns was then ruled out of the game against the Indiana Pacers with knee soreness.

Karl-Anthony Towns has been a big part of the Timberwolves’ success this season. Before the injury, he was averaging 22.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists while shooting a career-high 42.3% from behind the three-point line. Towns also received his fourth All-Star nod. 

The Timberwolves are currently in the midst of a four-way battle for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. They have a 44-20 record, sitting second in the standings with only half a game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, Minnesota is also only half a game in front of the third-placed Denver Nuggets and two games in front of the fourth-placed Los Angeles Clippers.