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.
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.
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.
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.
A look back at Monday night's game.
The Wolves new players have uniform numbers - Robert Covington will wear 6, Jerryd Bayless 8 and Dario Saric 36 - but the trio will not see the court tonight at Target Center.
The Timberwolves are back in town after an 0-5 road trip, and take on Brooklyn on Monday night with a new approach now that Jimmy Butler is on his way to Philadelphia in a trade.
RandBall writes: "Anything short of a post-Butler renaissance figures to lead to a change at the end of the season." But what about a bad run in the first dozen or so games without Jimmy Butler?
Jimmy Butler is gone but the damage remains. The Wolves might not be as dysfunctional, but what exactly is their organizational plan
Jimmy Butler had trouble fitting in with young Wolves players - will the scenario be any different in Philadelphia?
The still-unofficial trade of Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia is not the first time the Timberwolves have jettisoned or acquired prominent players in-season.
Coming off an 0-5 road trip, in the wake of a franchise-changing trade, the Wolves begin a five-game home-stand beginning with the Nets.
The Wolves will get Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless for Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton. It ends a two-month drama, after Butler requested a trade before training camp began.
The Wolves received a second-round draft pick as well but let's first take a look at the three players Minnesota got in return for Jimmy Butler.