Even though we've been at a standstill for news on the Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves front, the expectation is that a deal will get done sooner rather than later and the all-star shooting guard will be on a new team soon.
According to the report, Butler is unlikely to participate in practicing or playing with the team and wants the team to trade him.
But it's another if Thibodeau really is trying to hold onto Butler and ignoring what his boss has told him to do. From there, Thibodeau continued and stated that Minnesota's needs as a franchise will be the centerpiece of any trade discussion.
While the National Basketball Association offseason has been rather quiet lately, the rift between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves could result in a blockbuster trade before the season begins. "(Owner Glen Taylor), Scott (Layden), and myself, I think we've made that clear".
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Sacramento Kings mascot Slamson looks over at Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls on February 6, 2017 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. Had the Butler trade request come earlier in the offseason, the Wolves would have been able to sift through offers without a severe timeline, but Thibodeau insists he didn't have advanced notice of Butler's intentions to seek a trade, which makes things hard.
We've chosen these teams going down the pecking order from the western standings last season, so obviously we'll get to the bottom of the barrel in the west for our next post.
Butler, 29, averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists for Minnesota previous year, who made the playoffs for the first time since the 2004 season.
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