Report: Jimmy Butler to skip Timberwolves' media day
NBA.com Global on Sep 23, 2018 08:13 AM
FILE - SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 05: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles the ball up court against the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China on October 5, 2017 in Shenzhen, China at Shenzhen Universidade. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
The drama in Minnesota continues to unfold.
Jimmy Butler has been granted permission to bypass attending the Minnesota Timberwolves media day on Monday as the franchise seeks resolution on Butler's reported trade demands, according to media reports.
All-Star Jimmy Butler has been granted permission to not participate in Minnesota Timberwolves‘ media day on Monday, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 22, 2018
There has been reported conflict between the Wolves' front office and Wolves ownership on how to proceed with Butler's request.
The front office, led by president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau, are telling teams that the four-time All-Star is unavailable. Thibodeau is hoping to secure a second consecutive playoff berth for the franchise.
Meanwhile, at Friday's league Board of Governors' meeting, owner Glen Taylor has reportedly indicated that Butler is available and interested teams should communicate with him directly.
Butler requested a trade earlier this week, with his preferred destinations reportedly the LA Clippers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. His list is in that order, per ESPN.
Nonetheless, the four-time All Star wants out of Minnesota. Adrian Wojnarowski reports Butler clashed with teammates Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins and has all intentions to leave in free agency in 2019 if not traded. Taylor, who was involved with trades surrounding Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love, plans to avoid that.
Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 59 games for the Timberwolves last season.