As much as players may say they try to block out the rumors and noise leading up to the trade deadline, it can't help but creep into their minds.
That especially applies to a young team like the Timberwolves, who features players who haven't gone through a lot of trade deadlines.
To hear Karl-Anthony Towns talk about it, there was a sense of unease in the locker room, and perhaps that contributed to the Wolves' 128-108 loss to Dallas on Wednesday.
"We all know that we may not all be together again," Towns said. "It's always tough every trade deadline, especially here.