Thibodeau knew that establishing a winning culture in Minnesota would take time, regardless of the talent on the roster. But he’s starting to see some growth in the young stars, with Towns demanding the ball in crunch time and Wiggins sacrificing shots to expend energy chasing down the opposing team’s best perimeter scorer on the defensive end. “Andrew and Karl, their impact on winning has been far greater this year than it was last year, even though, statistically, they scored more. But they’re making winning plays. They’re playing unselfishly. They’re passing the ball against the double-team. Their defense has vastly improved. That’s what you have to do win,” Thibodeau told Yahoo Sports.
September 19, 2018 | 2:37 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler has three preferred destinations for a trade, league sources tell ESPN: The Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks. Those three teams have max cap space to sign Butler as a free agent in July.
Butler and Thibodeau met on Tuesday in Los Angeles to discuss his situation, according to multiple sources. Over the last several weeks, Butler began to seriously contemplate his future with the Timberwolves and a potential trade request, league sources said. It was in that meeting that Butler expressed a desire to be traded, telling Thibodeau that he does not intend to sign a long-term extension with the Wolves next summer. He has provided a list of one to three teams with which he would be open to signing a long-term deal, sources said.
Thibodeau was initially resistant to the idea, according to sources, but Butler is determined to find a new home. The Timberwolves are scheduled to have media day on Monday and their first training camp practice on Tuesday, so the clock is ticking.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: After NBA investigation into workplace misconduct, Dallas owner Mark Cuban and the NBA have agreed that he’ll donate $10M to organizations that promote women in leadership roles and combat domestic violence. NBA can only fine $2.5M by rules.
Adrian Wojnarowski: There are also NBA-mandated sanctions on Dallas that will require that the franchise make changes on reporting, staffing and policy to improve the workplace culture, league sources said. Donald Sterling had received that $2.5M fine as Clippers owner.