Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is happy to be moving on. We’re talking, of course, about the Jimmy Butler trade to the 76ers over the weekend. Before the season began, Butler would demand a trade. The matter didn’t resolve itself quickly, however. And as we know, it would eventually drag into the regular season. Now that it’s over, Taylor is going on the offensive.
This week, he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he “wasted some time” in trying to convince Butler to stay. That’s not all, though.
“To me, I thought we were helpful to him, because he said he wanted to get out of Chicago, so I thought we were helpful,” Taylor told reporters this week. “We certainly gave Chicago some really good young players. [Butler] came here with expectations that he would help lead the team, not only with scoring, but with his experience that he would share with our young guys and we got behind that.”
He did help lead the Timberwolves to their first playoff berth in over a decade, of course. But something tells us Taylor was hoping for a longer stay. Taylor also told the Minneapolis Star Tribune this week that he felt as though Butler “had an agenda,” and that his trade demand created a “negative environment.” In other words, it seems like it’s best for everyone that Butler is gone.
Going forward, Taylor hopes the Wolves can fit Robert Covington and Dario Šarić into the fold quickly. As for the trade itself, Taylor is happy with the final product. More so than he would’ve been with a first-round pick, as it turns out.
“…Of course, we love picks, but I thought that we immediately probably better bring a group together, and these two guys seem to fit in.”
On the season, the Timberwolves are struggling (6-9). But they did just win their second straight game, and they can finally put this distraction behind them. Up next, they host Portland Friday night. As for when they’ll get to face Butler? Well, they’re going to have to wait all the way until January 15 when they make their trip to Philadelphia.