REPORT: Jimmy Butler to meet with Tom Thibodeau about future with Wolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves have recently turned into the Minnesota Timberbulls a bit, and that seems to have concerned star Jimmy Butler. President of Basketball Operations and coach Tom Thibodeau has re-united members of the 2013 Chicago Bulls in Butler, Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, and Luol Deng, with the only guy both missing as well as available being Joakim Noah (who, the Wolves are reportedly uninterested in at this time).
According to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Butler is going to meet with the Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden to discuss his future with the organization.
Jimmy Butler will meet with Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden on Monday to "have honest conversations about the All-Star's future with the team," sources tell @TheAthleticMIN. Story upcoming.
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) September 15, 2018
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that, “Whatever needs to be communicated…will be,” in the meeting.
Throughout the 2017-18 season, there were rumors that Butler was unhappy playing alongside both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins because of their youth and lack of hunger to win. When speaking to ClutchPoints about his relationship with Butler, Towns said they just want to win games. Those may have just been rumors, but more and more has come out about Butler not being thrilled with his current situation, and this sit-down on Monday will surely bring some new information to light as to where the Wolves go from here.
In a draft night trade, Minnesota sent Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the seventh overall pick, which became forward/center Lauri Markkanen, in exchange for Butler and the 16th overall pick, which the Wolves used to draft Justin Patton. The move, made with Thibodeau at the helm, showed that the Wolves were ready to end their playoff drought of 14 years and make some noise. While they ended their playoff drought, they ended up getting losing in five games in the first round to Houston Rockets.
The 29 year old Butler is entering what will likely be the final year of his deal with the Wolves worth $20.4 million. He has a player option for the 2019-20 season (worth 19.8 million), but with a number of teams and more attractive destinations available like New York and Los Angeles, many are fully expecting Butler’s tenure with the Wolves to end following the season at the latest.
Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.0 steals per game on 47.4 percent shooting from the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc.