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Jimmy Butler | Guard/Forward | #23

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 236
College: Marquette
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (30) / CHI
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Tom Thibodeau is likely to use Jimmy Butler as a small-ball four in some lineups this season.
Shortly after Minnesota's season came to an end Thibodeau said that he likes playing Butler at the four in a lineup that includes two point guards, and that still seems to be the case. Regardless of which position Butler plays he's going to see plenty of minutes (36.7 mpg last season), as he's a key cog in the attack and one of the NBA's best all-around players. But it should be noted that there's a lot more riding on this plan working than the team's hopes in 2018-19, as Butler can opt out of his contract and become a free agent next summer. Aug 9 - 3:54 PM

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Jimmy Butler underwent a successful, elective right hand procedure on Tuesday.

The details aren't known, but it doesn't sound serious and he has returned to offseason activities, per the team. Butler was spotted with a big wrap on his hand at Pepperdine this week, so this procedure was presumably to address that issue. Most hand procedures do not require two months off, so Butler should be ready to go for camp regardless. He'll be an option at the first turn of drafts from 10-16.
Jul 26 - 4:18 PM

Jimmy Butler has officially turned down the Wolves' four-year, $110 million range extension offer, according to owner Glen Taylor.

Butler has been in the news for reportedly being fed up with teammates and he also liked an Instagram post about him and Kyrie Irving joining the Knicks, but there was no doubt he was going to reject this extension offer. Butler stands to make a lot more in free agency next season when he'll be at 29 for his last huge payday. There will probably be a lot of rumors in the next eight months.
Jul 13 - 3:09 PM

According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Jimmy Butler is "all but fed up with the nonchalant attitude of his younger teammates, specifically center Karl-Anthony Towns."

Per Crowley's league source, Butler also said that he has no intentions of signing an extension with Minnesota. In addition, Butler and Kyrie Irving are determined to play together, "whether that means the Celtics try and acquire Butler this summer or the two simply wait a year, both opt out of their player options after the season, and join forces that way." We will wait and see how Butler responds to these rumors before placing too much credence in the report. Stay tuned.
Jul 3 - 1:10 PM

The Wolves told Jimmy Butler that they'll offer him a max contract extension once he's eligible to sign on July 9, according to NYT's Marc Stein.

The extension would be worth around $110 million over four years, but beat writer Jon Krawczynski notes that there's "zero indication" Butler would accept the deal. He's slated to make $20.4 million next season and could opt for unrestricted free agency in 2019, at which point he'd make far more than $110M over four years. This could simply be a sign of good faith from the Wolves, letting their star swingman that they want him around long-term.
Jul 1 - 1:02 AM

Jimmy Butler is reportedly "uncertain" about playing alongside Andrew Wiggins due to questions about his "work ethic and his approach on the defensive end of the floor."

The relationship between Butler and Wiggins is particularly important for the Wolves. Butler is eligible for a contract extension but might not commit long-term if he doesn't want to play with Wiggins, whose own five-year extension kicks in next year. Either way, the Wolves are in a pinch financially -- it doesn't help that Gorgui Dieng is owed a guaranteed $48.6 million through 2021.
Jun 17 - 9:13 PM

Tom Thibodeau confirmed that "general soreness" was the reason Jimmy Butler sat out the final 14 minutes of the Wolves' season-ending loss on Wednesday.

Thibs added that "we saw how tough [Butler] is" to return at the end of the regular season just six weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He should be ready to go for training camp and it will be interesting to see what changes the Wolves have in store -- Thibs mentioned that he liked playing Butler at the four with two point guards on the court, so we could see more small-ball lineups next season.
Apr 30 - 2:20 PM

Jimmy Butler sat out the final 14 minutes of Wednesday's season-ending loss because of "knee soreness," according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

Butler returned from right knee surgery on Apr. 6 and had just three regular-season games to prepare for the playoffs. He finished the Wolves' 4-1 series loss with averages of 15.8 points, 1.6 triples, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals and a mere 1.0 turnovers in 34.0 minutes. We'll assume the soreness is within the normal bounds for a player returning from surgery, but will keep an eye on him as Minnesota conducts exit interviews.
Apr 26 - 12:51 AM

Jimmy Butler scored 28 points during a 121-105 Game 3 win over the Rockets on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

The Wolves are alive as they earn their first home playoff win since 2004. As for Butler, he did tweak his left ankle in the second quarter as he landed on someone's foot going for a rebound. Butler stayed in the game, but he did look a step slow to start the third quarter before really heating up later. Butler has described himself as one of the toughest in the NBA, so it would be a shock to see him have limitations on Monday. We have a series.
Apr 21 - 10:27 PM

Jimmy Butler, who returned from knee surgery earlier this month, is also dealing with a sore right wrist.

Butler hasn't performed up to expectations over the first two games of the series. He is averaging 12.0 points (on 41.5 percent shooting), 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 30.6 minutes. However, he refuses to discuss his injuries. "Nobody really cares if you're nicked up. If you put on that jersey and go out there and play, you've got to produce," said Butler. "You've got to do what they got you here to do. So 40, 50, 95, 100 [percent], I'm out there playing. Nobody cares if I'm nicked up or not."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 21 - 1:09 PM

Jimmy Butler didn't score in the first quarter on Sunday, finishing a tough loss in Houston with 13 points on 4-of-11 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs, five boards, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes.

Butler returned from right knee surgery late in the regular season and said he felt "good" heading into this series. He also warmed up with a wrap around his right wrist, but dismissed questions about an injury, saying, "I don't know what you're talking about. [The wrap] is a good luck charm." Tom Thibodeau said Butler was "nicked up" but there's no suggestion he'll miss time, so expect to see him logging huge minutes for the duration of Minny's postseason run.
Apr 15 - 11:40 PM

Jimmy Butler warmed up for Sunday's Game 1 vs. Houston with a wrap on his right wrist.

Butler downplayed the significance of the wrap, calling it a "good luck charm," but it's something to keep an eye on throughout the game. Minnesota will need their four-time All-Star at his best to upset the No. 1 seed Rockets.
Apr 15 - 7:19 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) is feeling "good" to begin Minnesota's opening-round playoff series vs. Houston.

"I feel good, well-rested to tell you the truth," Butler said. "I'm confident in myself and these group of guys. Everybody's locked in and focused." No matter what, the Wolves need Butler to be superhuman to stand a fighter's chance vs. the heavily-favored Rockets.
Apr 15 - 2:44 PM

Jimmy Butler helped the Wolves get to the playoffs with 31 points during a 112-106 overtime win against the Nuggets on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

The 13-year streak of not making the playoffs is finally over as the Wolves were able to get in the playoffs in thrilling fashion. This game was the first time since 1997 that two teams were playing in a season finale that would put one team in the playoffs and send the other team home, and it's only the fifth time ever. As for Jimmy, his minutes were slightly dialed back in the first quarter, but that changed as the game went on. The Wolves could be dangerous in the playoffs, but they'll get the top-seeded Rockets.
Apr 11 - 11:43 PM

In his second game back from his knee injury, Jimmy Butler had 15 points in 23 minutes in Monday's 113-94 win over the Grizzlies.

The game was a little too close for comfort for most of the night, but the Wolves pulled away late with a 30-19 fourth quarter. If the Nuggets win on Monday night they will be tied with Minnesota for the No. 8 seed, so Butler may be asked to play 30 or more minutes in Wednesday's must-win game vs. the Nuggets. Butler finished 3-of-8 from the field and 9-of-11 from the line with three assists, two rebounds and three steals.
Apr 9 - 11:06 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jeff Teague
2Derrick Rose
3Tyus Jones
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Josh Okogie
3James Nunnally
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Keita Bates-Diop
PF1Taj Gibson
2Anthony Tolliver
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Justin Patton