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Karl-Anthony Towns announces he has tested positive for Covid-19

Timberwolves All-Star center will be placed into health and safety protocols after Minnesota’s game against the Grizzlies was postponed on Friday.

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots a free throw during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on January 13, 2021 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star C Karl-Anthony Towns announced Friday night that he has tested positive for Covid-19. The Timberwolves’ game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday was postponed and this likely has something to do with the NBA’s decision. Towns will now self-isolated and quarantine in line with the NBA’s health and safety protocols. That means he will likely be sidelined at least 10-14 days and will need to register multiple negative tests before returning to the team. Here’s the statement from KAT:

Towns had just returned to the lineup on Jan. 9 after missing six games due to an injured wrist. The Timberwolves have been a mess since Towns went down with the injury, losing eight of nine games while ranking toward the bottom of the NBA in defense. With Towns sidelined again, there’s a chance the big man could miss the next 6-7 games. We wish Towns a speedy recovery knowing what he’s been through since the pandemic started.

With KAT out of the lineup again, there’s not really a great way to replace him in fantasy basketball. We saw Naz Reid get the first crack at starting in the T-Wolves’ lineup. That didn’t last long and the team opted to start Ed Davis at center with Juancho Hernangomez playing PF. Juancho played well and can stretch the floor a bit, so he isn’t a bad waiver wire claim. Really, if you’re a D’Angelo Russell owner or Malik Beasley owner, you’re excited about the increased usage both players should pick up on offense.