November 11, 2018 05:17 PM
The trade that will send Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Philadelphia 76ers likely will not become official until Monday, but Timberwolves players talked about the deal after Sunday's practice.
Taj Gibson played with Butler in Chicago and Minnesota.
"It was tough. We had a goal to come to Minneosta and be competitive - push the team do whatever it takes to win games. Change the culture," Gibson said on Sunday. "The way things went early this season, I was disappointed, but nothing I can really do about it. I wished him well. We're still friends off the court. I wish him all the best."
"Now it's time to move forward," Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins said. "He made the best decision for himself, his family, people around him, his circle. All you can do is support him. Now we just have to move forward."
There have been reports of friction in the Timberwolves locker room throughout the season after Butler request a trade.
"It's something you all keep writing about, kept trying to say that we were having this problem and stuff," Karl-Anthony Towns said on Sunday. "We weren't winning games not because of that. We weren't winning games because we weren't playing defense. That's the problem."
The Timberwolves are only 4-9 this season and are winless on the road (0-8). They host the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at Target Center.
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Updated: November 11, 2018 05:17 PM
Created: November 11, 2018 03:06 PM
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