The Timberwolves finished with a disappointing 31-51 record last season, Tom Thibodeau's first as head coach. It was the 13th straight year they missed the playoffs and 12th straight year they finished under .500.
Earlier this offseason, Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden made a huge splash by acquiring three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls in a blockbuster draft-night deal. Thibodeau was Butler's head coach for four seasons in Chicago from 2011-15.
Butler's addition gives the Timberwolves one of the NBA's most exciting star trios. Towns and Andrew Wiggins combined to average 48.7 points, 16.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game last season.