Jimmy Butler calls players-only meeting to air grievances, express to teammates he’ll compete with them
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler called a players-only meeting with his teammates to express his concerns about returning to the team, with all signs pointing to him staying in Minnesota with no deal imminent, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Butler’s message was simple, as he feels he is the team’s alpha dog and refuses to sit games for the sake of awaiting a trade to take place.
The All-Star forward is coming off a bombastic let-it-all-loose practice where he berated teammates and front office personnel after coming back from a months-long hiatus.
Butler’s intentions might not have changed, though, given his recent interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, which didn’t express a potential for fixing his differences with the franchise.
The meeting is likely Butler’s way to make this a livable environment until the Wolves can find a spot to trade him or until the season ends, allowing him to walk in return for nothing.
Several players spoke during the meeting, but it was undoubtedly spearheaded by the defensive ace, who made his intentions known upon rejoining the team ahead of the start of the 2018-19 regular season.