The Jimmy Butler Saga Continues
Two days after winning four stars in the fourth quarter with four threes against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, Butler wants to beat Butler Butler from the Timberwolves Wednesday match Utah jazz, because it has not been traded yet. According to The Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of Athletic, he could run out much longer than just on Wednesday.
But Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports Butler not long. Instead, he reports that the Wolves had suggested "Butler's Rest" and that he would find himself on the flight to Oakland for the game against Golden State.
However, the wolves have only played one game since October 26 and do not have practice on Tuesday. It is curious that there are conflicting reports about it, especially since The Athletic first reported that Butler was sitting in an attempt to pursue his trade application.
Timberwolves fans are too confused:
I'm completely at a loss. As far as I can tell, this is Butler's decision, and if and when he comes back to the team is probably also with him, which is not for everyone involved, including the trainer and management who are apparently willing to let Butler shoot the shots here call.
For a man who claims to work harder than everyone else and just wants his teammates to win as much as he does, this is a terrible look for Butler. He obviously does not care and does not even do that.
It's a strange situation, but it's a memory of one thing:
Jimmy Butler wants to get out
And he's been out of the house for a long time. Tom Thibodeau, General Manager Scott Layden and Wolves owner Glen Taylor each assured Butler that they would move him, but Thibodeau and Layden have not found a deal they like.
It has been reported that some opposing GMs have told the wolves that their selling price is far too high. But Butler's value was not higher than now, especially after his 32-point performance against the Lakers.
It is a waiting game. The wolves play jazz ̵
The NBA's CBA allows the Timberwolves to punish the All-Star striker for missing games without injury as he is under contract. As explained by SB Nation's Matt Ellentuck, when he referred to Kawhi Leonard's situation, which had never reached this point:
Under the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, the players' basic salaries may have dropped by 1/145 for up to 19 Games are reduced to exhibition, regular season and playoff games – and 1/110 of his basic salary for the 20th missed game and beyond.
A player may also be fined for lack of practices and promotions. The Timberwolves, however, have classified Butler as "for general pain and preventive recovery," and Thibodeau denied any connection with Butler's continued desire to be traded.
It seems as though Butler could again play any number of games he wants.
The situation, as it prevailed through this saga, remains fluid. After Friday evening the wolves do not play anymore. There is a possibility that Butler might return for this game if he is not traded until then.
– Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) October 31, 2018
Butler could continue to sit and present a Minnesota team that did not make the playoffs before trading for him and is not nearly as talented without him on the floor.
The Miami Heat and Houston Rockets have each reached the Wolves with interest in Butler, including the Rockets latest offering four first-round selection designs. Things are getting more interesting week by week in Minnesota.
That does not change until they finally act Butler.