NBA Rumors: The Knicks recently window-shopped an all-star big man

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The New York Knicks have been the source of constant trade speculation in recent weeks, ahead of the trade deadline. Just about any star rumored to be available has been linked to the Knicks, though it appears that the Knicks have yet to make an offer for one of those available stars.

With the Minnesota Timberwolves being the best team in the league at the moment, they likely aren't taking calls on Karl-Anthony Towns, even if Anthony Edwards is the future of the team.

Still, with Edward's huge rookie deal kicking in after this season and the contracts of Rudy Gobert and Naz Reid, the Wolves will likely need to move on from Towns sooner or later, given the cost of having all four players under contract.

Will the Knicks make a trade deadline deal for Karl-Anthony Towns?

With the Knicks in search of a star, Towns would make some sense for New York even though they haven't made Minnesota an offer and the Wolves are unlikely to accept. Still, if there were to be a deal, it would likely include Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, and a first-round pick or two for Towns

That would give the Wolves more flexibility, with Fournier on a team option for next season and Barrett set to make at least $25 million less per season over the next three seasons. Also, after moving a bunch of picks in the Golbert deal, they could recoup a first or two from the Knicks.

Minnesota even has a ready replacement for Towns in Reid. For the Knicks, Towns might not be the perfect fit with Julus Randle, especially with him playing so well of late. But with New York in need of more firepower to keep pace with the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, and Towns could help in that regard.

Overall, the Timberwolves are rolling and unlikely to make a risky move like trading an All-Star in a deal with the Knicks. That being said, the Knicks and Wolves could discuss a potential deal in the offseason when the Wolves have to make tough financial decisions.