Jimmy Butler said he wanted to play with Kyrie Irving during All-Star Weekend
The NBA world was shocked yesterday, when a report came out that Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland. The All-Star guard is reportedly unhappy in Ohio, and wants to be the focal point of a franchise. With that report came another one, stating which teams Irving prefers. One of the teams is the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Wolves have done an amazing job this summer. They brought in All-Star Jimmy Butler for pennies on the dollar, and also signed some good free agents. Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson joined the Minneapolis-based franchise, hoping to help this young squad reach their first postseason appearance in 14 years. However, they might not be done just yet.
If the reports around Irving are correct, the Wolves might end up with a championship contender on their hands. Even more to that story, one more came out from Jeff Zillgitt from USA TODAY. Zillgitt reported about a conversation between ESPN’s Max Kellerman and Butler that happened during the 2017 All-Star Weekend.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) July 21, 2017
Apparently, out of all the players in the league, Irving was Butler’s choice. That could mean that Butler, now knowing Kyrie is out there, pushes the Wolves front office to send an offer the Cavs’ way.
However, that is unrealistic. There are other teams that can just offer better packages than the Timberwolves. Their first rounders are not as valuable, due to the quality of their roster. Also, in terms of players, most of them just recently signed and could not be dealt. As for other players, it is unlikely that the Wolves will part ways with Andrew Wiggins or Karl-Anthony Towns, or that the Cavs will accept Gorgui Dieng or Cole Aldrich.