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Butler joins the Wolves: What will it look like and what happens now?

Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler, left, slaps the ball out of Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins' hands during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Chicago.

Clearly, the Jimmy Butler trade is only the first move of what figures to be an interesting offseason. Minnesota needs shooters off the bench, another p[hysical presence and to figure out Ricky Rubio's future.


Green Bay fan will forever be a Packer after taking wife's last name

Dr. Marie Packer was already planning on keeping her last name. Ryan Holtan-Murphy said it was a “no-brainer” to take her name.


Would you trade Andrew Wiggins in a deal for Jimmy Butler?

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, left, shakes hands with his former player Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler after an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Chicago. The Timberwolves won 99-94. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

If the Wolves are really interested in Butler, it is for very good reason. He turns 28 before next season and should be on the ascending side of his prime


If other leagues were expanding, which MN players would you keep?

Which players would the Timberwolves, Vikings and Twins want to protect if pro basketball, football and baseball were expanding?


Why the Wolves passed on Stephen Curry: Eight years later, Kahn explains

Former Wolves General Manager David Kahn

Former Wolves General Manager David Kahn said Curry's father, former NBA player Dell Curry, did not want his son to go to Minnesota.


In huge series at Target Field, who are these guys pitching for the Twins?

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Nik Turley throws to the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Perhaps it's only fitting in this weird Twins season — which finds Minnesota in first place in the AL Central with a 34-29 record through…


MLB Draft analysis: 'No team made a better first impression' than Twins

If we can concede that the instant reaction questioning the Twins for picking Royce Lewis No. 1 overall is just as silly as any attempt…


One week out: Wolves will have options, leverage in NBA Draft

Is there any meaningful information even out there as we try to get a handle on the Wolves’ situation heading into next week? Well, thankfully, yes there is.


Twins remaking roster with defense -- a smart, cost-effective decision

Byron Buxton caught a deep fly ball hit by Carlos Gonzalez in the fifth inning.

In making those decisions, the Twins’ brain trust — starting at the top with new boss Derek Falvey and extending to the field staff — has perhaps been a little fortunate.


Sign Eric Decker, and every Minnesota native, for every Minnesota team?

It’s fun to think about Minnesota natives playing for Minnesota professional teams. It’s even worked out in plenty of cases. But the constant drumbeat does get old.


Wolves in next year's playoffs? These five things must happen

Right now, according to the earliest of oddsmakers, the Wolves are an even money bet to make the playoffs next season.


Twins leave room for criticism with No. 1 pick, and there's plenty of it

Minnesota Twins CBO Derek Falvey spoke after the Minnesota Twins selected JSerra Catholic High School SS/OF Royce Lewis with the first pick of the 2017 MLB draft.

The pick was bound to leave the new Twins management team open to second-guessing no matter what happened, and taking Royce Lewis with the top pick set those reactions in motion.


Someone paid $133,000 for two tickets to Warriors-Cavs tonight

“How much money would you pay to see your favorite team play for a championship?” is a fun question for a long car ride or idle afternoon. But $133K?


Inside the Twins' really good, really weird season

If you still don’t quite know what to make of the 2017 Twins, there is probably a good reason: for as good as the first two-plus months have been, they have also been … what’s the word … weird?


Minnesotans to win a Stanley Cup: Impressive list, with Cullen near top

The Penguins' Matt Cullen got a postgame hug from his father, Terry, after Pittsburgh beat Nashville 2-0 in Game 6 Sunday to win back-to-back Stanley Cups.

Thirty different Minnesota-born players have their names inscribed on the Stanley Cup. Matt Cullen is the latest to have it on the trophy for the third time.


Twins about to make the most difficult No. 1 overall pick in sports

Analytics have helped teams do a better job of projecting which talented players will grow into successful major leaguers, but having the top choice in the baseball draft is the hardest No. 1 pick in sports.


Trolling, hot takes or truth? SI writer weighs in on Vikings

A little-known player as an 'x-factor' on the offensive line, an easy call on the quarterback situation in the long term and more. Thoughts from afar have some Vikings fans riled up.


Shut it all down and start over. The Warriors are too good

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and forward Draymond Green (23) celebrate during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

After Wednesday’s 118-113 victory in Cleveland, the Warriors are 15-0 in the playoffs and just one game from perfection. Have you seen enough?


No. 1 pick prospect Hunter Greene to visit Twins -- and maybe Paisley Park?

Greene told the Twins and Minnesotans a little about himself when he mentioned the local landmark, aside from Target Field, he hopes to visit.


Twins catcher Gimenez makes history with latest pitching appearance

Minnesota Twins' Chris Gimenez, who started at catcher in the game, pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Seattle.

By pitching the end of another one-sided game, Chris Gimenez has already pitched in more games than any position player in almost a half-century.