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Jimmy Butler | Guard/Forward | #23

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 236
College: Marquette
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (30) / CHI
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Jimmy Butler (precautionary rest) will not play Saturday vs. the Mavs.
Saturday is the second night of a back-to-back for the Wolves, so Butler will get the night off. Butler did not play at all in the preseason due to his trade demands, but logged 68 minutes over the Wolves first two regular season games this week. He joins fellow stars Kawhi Leonard of Toronto and Gordon Hayward of Boston, who are also resting on Saturday. With Butler out, Derrick Rose and Tyus Jones will see increased minutes playing off the ball. Rookie Josh Okogie will also likely make his pro debut. Oct 20 - 3:00 PM

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Jimmy Butler could not be stopped in a 131-123 win over the Cavs on Friday, making 10-of-12 from the field and all 12 from the line for 33 points with seven rebounds, three assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

That's good for a very tidy 95.5 TS% as Butler got into the paint all night. This game was at home at Target Center, but the Minnesota fans booed Butler along with coach Tom Thibodeau for all the drama surrounding the team. Butler saw massive volume in the first game with a 35 usage rate, and he definitely looks like he'll carry the team as long as he's on the roster. This could get weird.
Oct 20 - 1:02 AM

Trade talks involving Jimmy Butler have gone "dormant," according to sources of Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Butler remains adamant that he'd like to be traded, and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has said on numerous occasions that he'll honor that request, but some GMs around the league have questioned whether or not Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden are truly interested in getting a deal done. Trading a player of Butler's caliber is a complicated process, so this is something that could certainly drag out all the way until the trade deadline.
Oct 18 - 9:55 AM

Jimmy Butler started on Wednesday and put up 23 points on 9-of-23 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

Butler's bizarre preseason holdout has ended, and coach Tom Thibodeau admitted he was "surprised from a conditioning standpoint" how well Jimmy held up tonight. There are no clear restrictions on his role and he should be active in all leagues, but owners should be hoping for a trade to a favorable situation -- Miami would be fine if the Heat agree to deal Josh Richardson (which seems unlikely). The uncertainty allowed Butler's draft stock to fall 10-20 spots, but as long as he's on the court he's a top-15 player.
Oct 18 - 12:40 AM

Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, Taj Gibson and Karl-Anthony Towns will start against the Spurs on Wednesday.

The Wolves are going with their usual starting lineup and all eyes will be on how Jimmy deals with KAT and Wiggins. Butler is expected to have a minor limit with shorter stints, but coach Tom Thibodeau is not one for minute limits. He's super cheap on DFS and could pay off dividends while he should be in all season-long lineups.
Oct 17 - 8:00 PM

Tom Thibodeau said that Jimmy Butler will probably play in "shorter segments" during Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Spurs.

Butler skipped the entire preseason and has only gotten in a handful of practices, so his conditioning probably isn't quite where it needs to be. This news somewhat lessens Butler's appeal in DFS formats, but owners shouldn't hesitate to get him active in season-long settings.
Oct 17 - 2:36 PM

Timberwolves owner, Glen Taylor, confirmed during a recent interview that he remains committed to trading away Jimmy Butler.

"I think [Butler has] made it very clear that he would not re-sign with us at the end of the year," said Taylor, "and therefore it is in our interest to get a trade so that we can get a player or two to replace him that helps our team." Taylor added that until that happens, Butler will be "a regular team player," suiting up for games and attending Timberwolves practices. Miami remains the frontrunners to land Jimmy, but Houston is also in the mix.
Oct 17 - 10:12 AM

Coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed that Jimmy Butler practiced on Sunday and that he expects him to play Wednesday.

Another day, another development in the Butler saga. It looks like a trade is unlikely at this point and that Butler will be with the Wolves for the time being. We know he'll give it his all when he's out there, so there's no concern for his fantasy output.
Oct 14 - 2:00 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said that Jimmy Butler is not with the team for the Wolves preseason game vs. the Bucks on Friday.

According to Coach Thibs, Butler is back in Minnesota and is "working on conditioning." The "situation remains fluid," according to Thibodeau. It's obviously difficult to predict what direction this saga will head in next, but as of now, it seems as though Butler will begin the season with the Wolves and should be ready to play on opening night.
Oct 12 - 10:58 AM

Jimmy Butler called a players-only meeting on Thursday, where he voiced his displeasure toward the Wolves' management.

As contentious as this situation is, Butler reiterated that he "would compete" with his teammates if he's still on the roster for the regular season. His vocal criticism of the team's front office may be another ploy to force a trade out of Minnesota, but at least owners can be relatively sure he won't miss games if he stays put. With so many questions surrounding him, though, his fantasy outlook takes a minor hit.
Oct 11 - 2:55 PM

The Timberwolves cancelled Thursday's practice and will not have media availability.

We can't imagine why... In all seriousness, the Wolves became a national embarrassment after Jimmy Butler showed up at his first practice of 2018-19 on Wednesday and proceeded to beat the first team with third-stingers. Maybe his outburst will force Minnesota's hand in trade talks, but they'll have to lower expectations after turning down an offer from the Heat that included Josh Richardson.
Oct 11 - 10:18 AM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com, Jimmy Butler was "vociferous and emotional at times" in practice on Wednesday and was targeting coach Tom Thibodeau, GM Scott Layden, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Oh boy. Woj adds Jimmy looked at Layden and screamed, "You [bleeping] need me. You can't win without me." Woj said coaches and teammates were largely speechless, and Jimmy dominated the gym in every way. [Insert your favorite popcorn-eating GIF here]
Oct 10 - 3:29 PM

Jimmy Butler practiced with the Wolves on Wednesday.

Anthony Tolliver said Butler was "around" at practice, so we still don't know all the details. Even if Jimmy was only a partial participant in practice, that's a big win for coach Tom Thibodeau. The disconnect between Thibs and ownership is another layer to this wild story, but this could be a step towards Butler possibly playing on opening night. That said, maybe it's just all about leverage. Still, it's far from a lock and fantasy owners probably shouldn't take Butler in the top 25 picks until we get some clarity on the situation.
Oct 10 - 2:48 PM

The Heat have reportedly remained engaged with the Timberwolves on a Jimmy Butler trade.

Trade talks between the two clubs have already collapsed twice, but when Pat Riley sees an opportunity, he usually finds a way to take advantage of it. As for Butler, he was seen in the Timberwolves locker room prior to Wednesday's practice and was cordial with his teammates, but to this point, he still hasn't run through a practice with his team. Right now, it looks like Butler will begin the year in Minnesota.
Oct 10 - 12:20 PM

The Timberwolves reportedly plan to open the 2018-19 season with Jimmy Butler on the roster.

Butler has not practiced with the team since training camp opened up on September 25, and he remains away from the club with an excused absence, but it doesn't sound like he'll be going anywhere any time soon. Butler remains adamant that he wants to be traded and sees no future with Minnesota, and while Tom Thibodeau has indicated he'll honor that request, opposing GMs have questioned whether he's truly invested in finding a deal. This will more than likely be a storyline that drags out all the way until the deadline.
Oct 9 - 5:10 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jeff Teague
2Derrick Rose
3Tyus Jones
SG1Jimmy Butler
2Josh Okogie
3James Nunnally
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Keita Bates-Diop
3Luol Deng
PF1Taj Gibson
2Anthony Tolliver
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Justin Patton