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Jimmy Butler’s agent maintains his client is committed to promise made to Glen Taylor, Tom Thibodeau


In the midst of a reporting stand-off concerning Jimmy Butler’s trade situation, Jace Frederick of The Pioneer Press provided some clarity after speaking to the Minnesota Timberwolves star’s agent.

“Again, I am unsure what you are referring to big-picture-wise but Jimmy’s approach this year has been to approach every day as a singular event and deal with what is appropriate within that day and I think his actions has displayed that,” said Butler’s agent Bernie Lee. “Presently there are no long term plans to deviate from this plan in any way. We continue to communicate with the organization daily, and Jimmy has been very clear in the commitments he has made to the organization and Mr Taylor and he has lived up to them and they have been very clear in return to him, we remain committed to the same things in the very same ways.”

Much like players, agents are not allowed to publicly address or divulge trade information — which would stand to reason, given the highly-sensitive nature of this impending deal.

Butler is slated to sit out Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz due to a maintenance rest to ease “general soreness” according to president/head coach Tom Thibodeau.

This was soon turned into the potential start of a holdout period by Butler to once again force the Timberwolves to trade him, as he did by sitting out the entire preseason, according to Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania of The Athletic. The report was contradicted minutes later, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski claimed Butler would rejoin the team in time to face the Golden State Warriors on the road this Friday with no intention to sit out for an extended period.