Glen Taylor is relieved the Minnesota Timberwolves have finally traded Jimmy Butler and resolved a volatile situation that went on for weeks.
“It consumed too much of my time on things that were negative,” Taylor said.
Taylor thinks Robert Covington and Dario Saric can become key members of the Wolves for the long-term.
“That’s why when that possibility worked out that I thought that was better than some of the other ones that might have included a (draft) pick or something like that,” Taylor said. “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.”
Taylor said he has some regrets about trading for Butler from the Bulls in the first place.
“I just never anticipated that this would play out like that,” Taylor said. “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. 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.”
Taylor also felt Minnesota “wasted some time” trying to convince Butler to reconsider and play the year out.
Taylor said he still has faith in Thibodeau to lead the Timberwolves organization, because he “can’t believe he ever thought any of these things would happen.”
“Because he’s a guy that spoke for Jimmy and did all that type of stuff, I know that he is really hurt that this thing happened,” Taylor said.