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Jimmy Butler’s former Timberwolves teammate calls out those who referred to star as ‘locker room cancer’

Jimmy Butler, Tyus Jones, Timberwolves

Jimmy Butler has set about to silence his critics by leading the Miami Heat to the NBA Finals and showing his worth as a teammate.

Then again, former teammates say the noise of Butler being a bad teammate was just that: noise.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones, who was Butler’s teammate on the Minnesota Timberwolves, dispelled the idea that Jimmy Buckets created unrest in the locker room:

Jimmy Butler infamously had a rocky tenure in Minnesota, even though he helped them end a lengthy playoff drought. There were rumors that he didn’t get along with youngsters Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, and he ultimately asked for a trade.

The drama in Minnesota got a ton of media coverage, and eventually resulted in Butler being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. There was also some reported drama in Philly, as well as in Chicago.

However, Jones seems to indicate outsiders truly have no idea what the mood was like in Minnesota. The point guard is clearly sticking up for Jimmy Butler here, and perhaps the star’s supposed lack of leadership was blown out of proportion.

Indeed, Butler has been praised as a big brother of sorts and a consummate leader in Miami. He has helped spur the growth of guys like Tyler Herro and inspired confidence in the rest of his teammates.

Meanwhile, Butler’s former franchises are all in transition … literally.

The Bulls are under new leadership. Minnesota is up for sale, and the 76ers are searching for a new head coach.

Jimmy Butler has had the last laugh, and he is putting to rest the idea he’s a “locker room cancer.”