Turmoil in Minnesota has existed for over a year already
Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Jimmy Butler is reportedly set to meet with head coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden on Monday to see where both sides’ relationship with each other currently stands.
There have been plenty of rumors surrounding the shaky rapport between Butler and some of his younger Minnesota teammates, which purportedly concerns the latter’s lackadaisical work ethic. That is not a new thing, and it’s likely what Zach Lowe of ESPN was alluding to – at least partly – in a recent tweet.
Mentioned it on several podcasts, but things haven’t been great w/in the Wolves for a year-plus now. Whatever happens Monday, the season is going to be really interesting.
On paper, the Timberwolves’ roster last season looked solid enough to be considered a threat in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves have one of the best centers in the league in All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns and a talented offensive weapon in former Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, but the two reportedly agitated Butler with their palpable disinterest. Despite a collection of great talents, Minnesota only made the playoffs as a No. 8 seed and got bounced out of the postseason by the Houston Rockets in the very first round.
That frustrating conclusion to Butler’s first year in Minnesota disappointed him, and disappointment can sometimes lead to resentment, which the Timberwolves are hoping the two-way star isn’t feeling much.
Jimmy Butler is set to earn $20.4 million next season and can opt to ditch his player option with the team for the 2019-20 campaign.