New guys Covington and Saric impressed, but Towns and Wiggins made the difference
During Covington's 41 minutes Wednesday, his Wolves teammates learned that his status as an all-NBA defender comes with 100 percent legitimacy.
Rookie Josh Okogie came up big in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's victory.
One advantage of playing at shooting guard, Wiggins said, was that he likely would see smaller defenders playing him.
There is no doubt the Wolves, without recent draft blunders, would have a more impressive roster. But now finally rid of Butler, the team has a chance to more forward.
Here is how new Wolves Robert Covington and Dario Saric did Wednesday night:
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns fought through foul trouble to score 25 points on 9-for-17 shooting, grab 16 rebounds with two blocks and three assists and multiple big plays late.
The Timberwolves defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 107-100 on Wednesday night at Target Center.
To Glen Taylor, the most glaring problems came later in games when he could see how the Jimmy Butler situation weighed on the team's young players, including Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
It was hard to find a time when the new Wolves smiled during their press conference Tuesday. But Robert Covington, a defensive ace, talked about 'the new opportunity' in front of them.
Ricky Rubio, the former Wolves point guard, has put his North Loop condo on the market, more than a year after he was traded to the Utah Jazz.
On Wednesday, the Wolves will face a team clinging to a superstar — a New Orleans Pelicans franchise that wonders how long the good times can last with Anthony Davis.
The NBA is never short on drama, so just as the Jimmy Butler situation has simmered down and been resolved, a fresh topic has emerged with Golden State.
Stop me if you've heard this before, but Butler made a strong first impression on his new fan base in Philadelphia.
Despite 23 turnovers, the Wolves managed to break a five-game losing streak with a victory over Brooklyn at Target Center on Monday.
Michael Rand and Chris Hine look at the factors that led the Wolves to finally trade Jimmy Butler, ending more than seven weeks of drama.
The three players acquired by the Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade are still trying to adjust to their new surroundings and team.
The next step in closing the loop on the Jimmy Butler era in Minnesota arrived Tuesday when both Butler and the players the Wolves received…
Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 21 rebounds (and 10 turnovers) while Jeff Teague added 23 points and 11 assists playing without the guys acquired in the Jimmy Butler deal.
Tom Thibodeau said throughout the last two months while Jimmy Butler was still with the Wolves that he was waiting for the right deal to come along. "We wanted quality players," Thibodeau said.