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[In the 30 days leading up to the season opener, we'll preview all 30 NBA teams, from Tanking Teams to Lottery Leaders to Warriors Wannabes. Tanking Teams are fighting for the No. 1 pick. Lottery Leaders could make the playoffs, or they could land in the lottery. Warriors Wannabes are title contenders. Then there are the Warriors in a league by themselves. Team 16 in our preseason rankings is the Minnesota Timberwolves. Check back every day for previews of every team in the NBA followed by our complete preseason rankings.]


Key Losses: Jamal Crawford and Jimmy Butler (soon ... probably). While Butler is still on the team, every indication, including from the owner, is that he will 100 percent be traded. Aside from Butler, losing Crawford is a blow to any team.


Key Returns: Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jeff Teague. So much of the Timberwolves' season revolves around how this Butler situation gets resolved. This is Towns' and Wiggins' team moving forward, that much is clear. They are the ones who didn't agree with Butler and ultimately were the reason he decided he wants to leave. It's now up to them to prove what they did was worth it for the franchise, something they were unable to accomplish prior to Butler's arrival.

Key Additions: Anthony Toliver. Toliver is a solid role player, he'll be somewhat of a replacement for the loss of Crawford.

X-Factor: Wiggins and Towns. As mentioned earlier, this franchise is in the hands of these two guys. They both have fresh new max contracts and soon will have no locker room issues to complain about. They are being handed the keys to the Ferrari and have no excuses to pull a Cameron Frye and let it roll out of the garage. Both players are very talented and have shown great potential, but if they want to carry the Timberwolves to a championship in the future, both will have to take major steps this year in both leadership and toughness.

Betting Odds: The Timberwolves Over/Under on team win totals is 43.5 and their odds to win the NBA championship currently sit at +8000.


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