2019 SeasonAll times ET

2019 Schedule
5-9, 5th in Northwest
Simmons, Embiid excited for Butler's arrival (1:00)
Towns goes for 25 points, 21 boards in Wolves' win (1:23)
Rose hits dagger step-back jumper (0:18)
Rose finds Gibson for big finish (0:17)
Thibodeau: 'Almost every team' called about Butler trade (0:54)
Towns throws down thunderous putback (0:18)
Towns bullies Dinwiddie for bucket (0:15)
Teague double-clutches for and-1 (0:20)
Rose steals and scores (0:25)
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20hMalika Andrews

Thibodeau insists Butler deal met Wolves' targets

In his first comments since trading Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves coach and president Tom Thibodeau was surgical in describing the deal that sent the All-Star guard to Philadelphia.


Malika Andrews ESPN 

"It's rare when you have the opportunity to get a top 10 player," Thibodeau said of acquiring Butler. "We knew there was risk involved with it. We saw the impact that he had last year — and it was important — and then we went to the next step."


Malika Andrews ESPN 

Tom Thibodeau addresses the Jimmy Butler trade for the first time.

How will Butler's departure affect KAT, Wiggins? (1:56)
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It's done: Butler trade to Philly completed

All-Star forward Jimmy Butler is now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers after the team and the Minnesota Timberwolves received approval from the league office Monday on the terms of the trade that was agreed to over the weekend.

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2dMalika Andrews

Towns praises Butler: 'He's one hell of a player'

In the wake of Jimmy Butler's impending trade from Minnesota to Philadelphia, Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns and forward Andrew Wiggins had only praise for their departing teammate.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Embiid has yet to talk to Jimmy Butler since the trade was made -- he plans to text his new teammate tonight -- but the 76ers big man did talk to Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. "They thought that he was going to be good for us," Embiid told ESPN. "They thought that we were definitely going to get along. He wants to win. Wiggs told me that he thought that we were going to win the East for sure."

LeBron on Butler trade: 76ers will be very good (1:39)

Jimmy Butler is traded

Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Nick Friedell and Bobby Marks launch an emergency session to break down the trade of Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Stephen A. on Butler trade: 'Why I love the NBA' (1:19)

Bobby Marks ESPN 

The roster in Minnesota now increases to 15. The Timberwolves have James Nunnally who has a partially guaranteed contract and injured guard Jerryd Bayless if they need to open a spot. Minnesota also created a $2.7M trade exception as part of the deal. They also have $2M remaining of the midlevel and the full $3.4M bi-annual exception.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

The trade now has Minnesota $2.9M below the luxury tax and 2 controllable contracts with Robert Covington and Dario Saric. Covington is under contract with a cap hit of $10.4M, $11.3M, $12.2M and $13.0 through 2021-22. Saric is extension eligible next summer and is under contract with a cap hit of $2.5M and $3.5M. He will be a restricted free agent in 2020. Bayless is in the last year with a $8.6M salary. For next season, Minnesota is right at the salary cap with 8 players on guaranteed contracts.

Team Stats

Points Per Game111.211th
Rebounds Per Game43.621st
Assists Per Game22.519th
Points Allowed117.428th

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