Wolves Introduce Players Acquired in Jimmy Butler Deal

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Jimmy Butler speaks to the media at the Sixers practice facility in Camden on Tuesday. DAVID SWANSON Staff

Tom Thibodeau had said in the past that the Wolves wanted to get a good deal for Butler, and while Covington and Saric are good players, there is a sense they could have done better.

"Like most coaches, he'll be measured on the success of the team", Taylor said on Tuesday. "If it's a close game tonight, what are the one or two things we're going to do to play out of that environment?" Those are his expectations and that would be mine too. "I just look to compete and make winning plays".

Brown says Fultz "has done nothing wrong": It's simply about putting the most effective lineup out on the court. "I'm told that Minnesota's talks with the Heat largely collapsed when Thibodeau asked for a $5 million cash infusion from Miami as part of a deal that would have sent [Josh] Richardson, Kelly Olynyk and a future first-rounder to the Wolves for Butler". The big absence from his game has become the unwillingness to shoot, he hasn't attempted a three-point shot since October 30 and is hitting on just 30.8 percent from three this season.

The 27-year-old, who went undrafted out of Tennessee State and began in the National Basketball Association with Houston in the 2013-14 season, has career averages of 12.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game with a 35.9 shooting percentage from 3-point range. And I think it will.

Fultz has infamously struggled with his shooting form since the 76ers traded up to take him with the No. 1-overall pick last year, and Monday night, the 20-year-old displayed one of the most awkward free-throw attempts of his career.

"You really wouldn't know who I am unless you're around me every day", Butler said. If you know me, if you're around me, you know my heart. I love my teammates. "It is what it is, but I think that I'm an incredible human being and teammate, and I'll show that to the guys that are here". "If you know me, if you're around me, you know my heart and you know how I go about what I go about".

Brand said he spoke to several of Butler's former teammates and came away more than satisfied.

"We have to build off of that", he said.

The dynamic between Butler and Fultz will be fascinating.

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