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Timberwolves first landed Jimmy Butler to
team up with Karl-Anthony Towns http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/matt-bosher-jersey ,
Andrew Wiggins and, eventually, Jeff Teague, there was talk that the NBA had a
new future superteam to deal with.And Minnesota showed enormous promise in the
2018-19 season, Butler’s first and only with the Wolves. Minnesota finished with
47 wins, but almost assuredly would have hit 50 and won the No. 3 seed in the
West had Butler not been injured in late February. Though there were warning
signs of unstable chemistry and stalled Andrew Wiggins development, the
Towns-Butler partnership looked like a powerhouse that would change the
West.Welp.Everything you need to know about the Jimmy Butler dramaJimmy Butler
wants out of Minnesota. This is how we got here.Winners and Losers from the
76ers-Wolves blockbusterJimmy Butler’s ‘vociferous’ return to Timberwolves
practice, explainedThe 7 most savage moments from Jimmy Butler’s interview with
Rachel NicholsThe Timberwolves let the Jimmy Butler mess happenJimmy Butler was
ruining the Timberwolves’ season, and maybe their futureInside the state of the
76ers before the Jimmy Butler tradeButler requested a trade this summer, and
after nearly three months of needless but entertaining drama, the Wolves shipped
him and Justin Patton to the Philadelphia 76ers for Dario Saric, Robert
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pick. It’s hard to know confidently whether that was the best the Wolves could
do — we all heard about the Rockets’ purported offer of four first-round picks
for Butler — but it is what the Wolves did. Now the Wolves and the rest of us
have to figure out what success looks like.That was easy with Butler in town:
success would be playoff berths, playoff wins, perhaps title contention. The
Wolves’ slow march to respectability behind Towns was accelerated dramatically
by Butler’s arrival: Minnesota went from 31 wins to 47 in a single year. Without
Butler, where’s the target? Is it closer to 31 than 47? Is that even possible
without major roster or front office repercussions? The Wolves are now 4-9, in
14th place in the 15-team Western Conference. Luckily for them, it’s early and
they are only three games out of No. 8. Butler has been really good most nights
he’s played, but his presence has been erratic and there’s no question he has
been an immense drain on the psyche of the team. This season, Minnesota is 3-7
when he plays and 1-2 when he sits: bad all the way around. Last year, the
Wolves were 37-22 (.627) when he played and 10-13 (.435) when he didn’t.
Clearly, he’s a net positive on the talent level of the club.So losing him
should drop the projected win total. Losing him should make the Wolves
worse.Saric should rebound from a rough start to the season, and Covington
should be a perfect Tom Thibodeau wing due to grit and high-skill defense. But
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, so we can’t expect these additions to get
these Wolves where they were last season. Asking for a win total in the high 40s
is asking too much, unless Wiggins breaks out or there’s another trade.If asking
for a win total in the high 40s is too much, asking for a playoff bid may be too
much as well. Denver missed the playoffs with 46 wins last season, and the West
somehow looks even more competitive this year because the Grizzlies, Lakers, and
Kings are all in the mix with no one but the Wolves falling out, assuming
Houston’s early-season troubles are a blip.Where can Minnesota land in the
standings this season without immense doom setting in? I don’t know that there’s
a satisfying answer. They’ll fight, and maybe with Covington in place and
everyone — from Towns to Saric to Thibodeau — having something to prove, they’ll
surprise us.9 more Tom Ziller columns about the Jimmy Butler dramaJimmy Butler
is ruining the Timberwolves’ season, and maybe their futureThe Timberwolves let
Jimmy Butler embarrass themWhy is Karl-Anthony Towns getting less respect than
ever?The Jimmy Butler situation is about to get really weirdWhy isn’t Jimmy
Butler playing?Is Tom Thibodeau willing to get fired over Jimmy Butler?The
Timberwolves are right to trade Jimmy Butler. They’re just doing it all
wrongJimmy Butler is doing the Timberwolves a favor2 ways the Wolves can’t
respond to Jimmy Butler’s trade demandIf not, the Wolves need to take real stock
of the roster and consider much bigger questions. By the end of his contract,
Towns will have been under Minnesota control for nine years (a four-year rookie
deal and five-year max extension with no player option). We are in Year 4 right
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, and it’s shaping up to be a disaster of some
kind. The goal should not be to make the playoffs at all costs in Year 4 or Year
5, but to have a real excellent team — a contender — by Year 7 or Year 8. That
gives time to flip or develop this roster into something more while still
ensuring that the Wolves are something special well before Towns has the chance
to ask for a trade in 2022 or 2023. Of course, if it’s possible to make the
playoffs in 2019 and 2020 without sacrificing that higher-aim future, by all
means, go for it. But the goal shouldn’t be to build a passable, good team in
the wake of Butler’s ugly exit. It should be to build something amazing. That
may mean sacrifice in the short term.Unfortunately, the NBA isn’t built so much
like that, and Thibodeau certainly isn’t built like that. Thibodeau’s future
with the club is (or should be, at least) very much in doubt, so this may be a
matter for the next brain trust. But the right approach is a comprehensive one,
something that considers what success looks like for the Timberwolves not
tomorrow or this season or even next season, but in the Karl-Anthony Towns era.
The Butler gambit was a nice try http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/ricardo-allen-jersey ,
but egos and personality conflicts destroyed it. That doesn’t have to destroy
the future, though.The Falcoholic Postgame Podcast: Falcons vs. Saints, 2018
Week 3 The third week of the NFL season is in the books, and the Atlanta Falcons
are in a tough spot. Between all the injuries and losses, how will you cope?
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of 2018, with host Cory Woodroof joined by Mr. Falcfans himself, Aaron Freeman,
to discuss the team’s recent loss to the Saints. On the Docket: How the offense
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improvedAn update on FB Ricky OrtizHow the defense is struggling with the injury
bugWhat the state of Atlanta is in 2018 as things standYou can follow Aaron on
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