Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards could reportedly return for Timberwolves as soon as Wednesday
After missing the Minnesota Timberwolves' last 52 games, there is reportedly "optimism" Karl-Anthony Towns could return as soon as Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Towns went down with a non-contact calf injury on Nov. 28 against the Washington Wizards. Shortly after, it was reported Towns was expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a calf strain, although similar injuries can take anywhere from 8-12 weeks for full recovery.
In the nearly four months since his last appearance, there was disagreement in the reports of Towns' progress.
Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch denied there had been a setback in Towns' recovery on Jan. 30, saying it was "all part of the process."
The All-Star center recently told The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski he did, in fact, suffer a "major setback" in January amid his recovery, which forced him to effectively restart a multi-month rehab process from scratch.
“It was obvious. You have a boot one day, then you’re out of a boot and now you’re back in a boot. That’s a setback,” he said, declining to say what specifically happened. “I think there will be a time and place to talk about that. But not right now.”
It's been a tough season for Towns, who was also hospitalized with an illness in early October. Towns confirmed to reporters that his weight had dropped to 231 pounds — 17 pounds below his listed playing weight.
Edwards has only been out for Minnesota's last two games, but could also return on Wednesday. The positive news comes after it was reported that Edwards was out indefinitely amid the team's playoff push.
Edwards sustained a right ankle sprain during the first quarter of a double-overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls last Friday. The team went 1-2 in those games, seeing an impressive 35-point effort from Taurean Prince in a crucial victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
Going 26-26 in Towns' absence, his return combined with Edwards could significantly benefit Minnesota. The team currently sits at No. 8 in the Western Conference with 10 games remaining in its regular season.