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Asked about Jimmy Butler's relationship with the team and teammates, Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned young big man Karl-Anthony Towns as well.
At almost 6-5 and with a 7-foot wingspan, Wolves rookie Josh Okogie believes he can handle bigger and stronger players, even if he is yet to turn 20 years old.
Tolliver is a 33-year-old forward who has played for nine NBA teams, including two previous seasons with the Wolves.
Derrick Rose took a minimum deal; Jimmy Butler was offered a maximum extension.
The Minnesota native played in only 21 games last season, and was due nearly $7 million next season.
The former NBA MVP will be paid nearly $2.4 million in 2018-19.
The Wolves, limited in options, already must contend with Golden State and Houston in the Western Conference and Utah and Denver are improving.
Paving the way to retaining Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns is crucial to the Wolves' future.
Keita Bates-Diop, the Wolves second-round pick, calls his older age (he's 22) a "big upside."
Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau says Jimmy Butler kept his mouth closed and his ears wide open during his rookie season in Chicago long ago. He sees some of Butler in Josh Okogie, drafted last week.
Known to depend noticeably upon his starters, Tom Thibodeau makes no guarantees after calling himself and General Manager Scott Layden "very excited" to add the two players that they did.
The Trail Blazers will give up two future second-rounders to the Kings for the rights to Trent, a former Apple Valley High School standout, who was taken 37th.
Tom Thibodeau and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich are the NBA's only coaches who hold ultimate decision-making power. The dual roles are seen as efficient by some, conflicting by others.
Shooters, stoppers and sleepers: Who might the Wolves take at No. 20 in Thursday's NBA draft?
The 6-foot-6 guard, son of former Timberwolves forward Gary Trent, was raised around the NBA and is now headed there himself.
As the Timberwolves weigh what to do with the 20th pick Thursday night, they must ask: What is an NBA first-round pick really worth?
An NBA source said that assistant coach Rick Brunson had been the subject of complaints that he behaved improperly toward women.
Signing Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns to contract extensions while surrounding them with more talent under salary-cap rules will challenge Wolves' management.
The Wolves coach thinks the young guard's last offseason was clouded by contract issues.
Despite making the playoffs and having 18 sellouts at Target Center, the owner hoped for home-court advantage.
By whatever evaluation, the Wolves' 47-victory regular season and first-round, five-game playoff loss to Houston were important experiences for a franchise that hadn't made the postseason since 2004.
Houston's 30-15 advantage in the third quarter of Game 5 wasn't as massive as its 50-point barrage on Monday. But it erased Minnesota's halftime lead and ended the season for the Wolves.
"We've grown a lot from the beginning to now," Wolves All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns said.
James Harden scored 22 points all by himself in Monday's third quarter, less than a week after he went 2-for-18
Leading by only a point at halftime, the Rockets outscored the Wolves 50-20 in the third quarter, including seven three pointers by Houston star James Harden.
The Wolves said their confidence had not been dented. "Absolutely not," Karl-Anthony Towns said. "We will be ready [for Game 5]."
Keeping pace with Houston's notorious three-point shooting gives the Wolves a fighting chance in the playoff series that resumes at Target Center tonight.
The Timberwolves treated Target Center fans to quite the show in the first home playoff game in 14 years: A blowout victory.
Houston's defense has turned the Wolves upside-down in the first two games of the NBA playoffs. Can they find answers before Saturday's game at Target Center?
Houston's Chris Paul came back from a six-turnover performance in Game 1, delivering an acrobatic 27-point, eight-assist night for the Rockets while Karl-Anthony Towns finished with just five points for the Wolves.
With no back-to-back games in the playoffs, star players can see more minutes.
Held to eight points in Game 1 vs. Houston, Karl-Anthony Towns spoke repeatedly Tuesday about maintaining "discipline" and following "the game plan."
Seven years ago, Derrick Rose was coming off a league MVP season just as Butler was entering the NBA as a rookie. Now it's all changed.
Rockets superstar James Harden toyed with the Timberwolves often Sunday, scoring 25 of his 44 points in the game's final 18 minutes while making seven three-pointers.
James Harden scored 44 points on 15-for-24 shooting in leading the Rockets to a 104-101 victory while Karl-Anthony Towns took only nine shots and scored eight points.
The NBA playoffs are all about deciding what to give the opponent and what to take away, and Houston didn't let Karl-Anthony Towns get good looks at three-pointers in Game 1.
Some former high-school teammates and an assistant principal temporarily have become Wolves fans because Jimmy Butler has come home for the playoffs.
It's one thing to beat an opponent one time, such as in the NCAA tournament. It's quite another thing to do so four times after both sides have had days before — and in between — to prepare for their opponents.
In the playoffs for the first time in 14 years, the undaunted Wolves face the No. 1-seed Rockets with a goal to "shock the world."
After getting no help from other teams around the West, the Timberwolves must earn a playoffs spot themselves to end 14-year drought. The Denver Nuggets stand in their way.
There was no doubt Jimmy Butler's teammates started to show the burden borne during Butler's absence, both because of their increased workload without him and the loss of Butler's sheer will.
Can Jimmy Butler's return after 17 games convince the Wolves' younger players — enigmatic Andrew Wiggins, to name one — just what it takes to win with playoff spots on the line?
Jimmy Butler hasn't played since he partially tore the meniscus in his knee Feb. 23.
The Wolves built leads of eight points in the second and third quarters, but gave it up in the final minutes with Karl-Anthony Towns on the bench after fouling out.
Winning last four will go far, but playoff tiebreakers, other factors can seal fates.
Already missing guard Jimmy Butler for the past 16 games, the Timberwolves went two starters down Sunday when point guard Jeff Teague didn't play because of a sore knee in a 121-97 loss to Utah.
Utah's Ricky Rubio hits five three-pointers and scored 23 points on a night when the Wolves lacked "intensity" and "execution" during an important game in the NBA playoff scramble.
The Timberwolves suffered a lopsided loss at the hands of the Jazz Sunday, which may have big playoff implications.
The Jazz has won two of its past three games, three of its past five and 12 of its past 15 after Friday's 107-97 home victory over a Memphis team that won Monday at Target Center.
Towns joined eight other players — including Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal — who reached at least 55 points and 15 rebounds in an NBA game.
Mike Budenholzer found the All-Star center's three-point shooting particularly eye-opening.
Jeff Teague played 42 minutes and fellow starters Taj Gibson and Andrew Wiggins played 43 minutes each and Karl-Anthony Towns 39 in a game when the Wolves shot 3-for-17 and were outscored 23-11 in the fourth quarter.
The Ryder Cup is returning to the Twin Cities in 2028 at the same course where the world's premier international golf event enjoyed so much success in 2016.
After missing almost as many free throws as he made in December, Andrew Wiggins is getting to the line more -- and showing some improvement.
Together, they have no definitive answers, but just like you the Timberwolves wonder why they have fared so well in Western Conference play and struggled so against the East.
Effects of the profession are showing in health issues across the league.
By surviving on the road against a struggling team, they clinched their first winning season since 2005.
By ending a two-game losing streak to San Antonio and Houston, the Wolves put three games between them and the Clippers.
Jamal Crawford, who turned 38 on Tuesday, has played for 18 coaches in 18 seasons and just keeps on playing, whether winter or all summer long.
Derrick Rose's addition to the Wolves' rotation with a month left in the regular season has provided both periods of adjustment and promise
Trailing by nine points early, the Spurs ran away with the game late thanks to veteran forward LaMarcus Aldridge's 39-point, 10-rebound performance
Until this season, Taj Gibson had never averaged more than the 28.7 minutes he played for coach Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls in a 2013-14 season when he played all 82 games
The versatile forward has stepped up his game in Jimmy Butler's absence.
"They're growing," Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said of his team, which is among eight teams chasing the West's final six playoff spots.
Patrick Ewing served 15 years as an assistant coach for four NBA teams but didn't get his first head-coaching job until his alma mater called last spring.
The NBA's Western Conference race is so tight that every night is now crucial. "Everyone is watching games," coach Tom Thibodeau said.
The Wolves completed a comeback against the Wizards thanks to a 34-point fourth quarter that included a 20-3 run and big plays by Karl-Anthony Towns and Nemanja Bjelica.
Until Tuesday, Cole Aldrich had played 31 minutes in 15 games this season.
Tom Thibodeau has praised Andrew Wiggins much of the season for making what he calls "winning" plays. But the coach wants to see even more.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to finish off a 31-point, 16-rebound performance. Andrew Wiggins was among five other Wolves in double figures with 23 points.
Newly signed guard Derrick Rose made his Timberwolves' debut with 6½ minutes played during Sunday's first half against Golden State, and the best you can say about it is he should get better.
The Warriors have played 16 games without Curry this season and are 11-5 in those. They've scored 13 fewer points a game — 119 to 103 — without him, but also have ratcheted their defense while fellow superstar Durant always seems to find another gear.
The 51-14 Warriors' seven-game winning streak ended with Friday's 125-108 loss at Portland.
The Timberwolves' signing of Derrick Rose might have caused you to ask where his point-guard minutes might come on a team that already has starter Jeff Teague and backup Tyus Jones: Will Rose play with Teague and/or Jones and if not, why not?
Jaylen Brown tumbled head over heels when he was fouled on a dunk and landed frighteningly upside down
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