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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
Contract: view contract details

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Jimmy Butler (knee surgery) said that while he remains without an official timetable to return, he expects to make it back to the court prior to the playoffs.
"I’m excited at my progression because I know I’m going to be back out there with my guys soon," said Butler in his first presser since going under the knife back in February. The Wolves never released an official timetable for Butler, nor did they announce the specific procedure he had, but Shams Charania indicated he'd be out 4-6 weeks, so we'll go with that. Based off that timetable, the earliest Butler will be able to return to the court will be March 26 against Memphis. He's tough to stash in leagues that don't offer an IR-spot. Mar 18 - 6:13 PM

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Tom Thibodeau said on Tuesday that Jimmy Butler (right knee) has been "moving along pretty well" in his rehab from meniscus surgery.

While Butler still isn't jumping, he has progressed to running on an anti-gravity treadmill, which is a small step in the right direction. He's currently about mid-way through Week-2 of his rough 4-6 week timetable, and if all goes well, he could potentially make it back to the court for Minnesota's home game against Memphis on March 26. Nemanja Bjelica will continue to hold down the fort in his absence, with Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague doing more on offense.

Jimmy Butler underwent successful meniscus surgery on his right knee on Sunday, and he's being listed as "out indefinitely."

The good news is that he hasn't yet been ruled out for the season, and Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reported on Saturday that there's a chance Butler could return in 4-6 weeks. We haven't been made aware the exact procedure Butler underwent, but if he is able to return this season that would likely mean he underwent a meniscectomy, which is complete removal of meniscus. Butler will likely be limited upon his return, but a 4-6 week window would give him the opportunity to return during the fantasy playoffs. Andrew Wiggins will be one of the primary beneficiaries here, and Nemanja Bjelica has some deep league appeal as the fill-in starter.
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Feb 25 - 3:00 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) is expected to undergo surgery in coming days and could return within 4-6 weeks, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

Typically, a 4-6 week timeline is tied to a medial meniscectomy, so that may be what Butler has planned -- lateral or medial has not been specified yet. This basically rules Butler out until April, so his fantasy owners will have to figure out how important their next 4-6 weeks are. Dropping him is an option while adding Nemanja Bjelica makes sense.
Feb 24 - 7:46 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) has a meniscus tear in his right knee and is determining treatment options, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

That makes the recent official report from the team of an "injury" a little worse. Butler and the Wolves will need to figure out the best treatment plan, which can vary from anywhere from three weeks to the rest of the season and playoffs. Butler's fantasy owners probably shouldn't be expecting him to return before April, so this is a really tough blow for those headed to the fantasy playoffs. Most of his owners may want to hold on until the surgery plan is revealed, which should be in the coming days. Although, if you need games now, cutting him is obviously an option. Nemanja Bjelica should be picked up in 12-team leagues.
Feb 24 - 5:36 PM

An MRI taken Saturday afternoon on Jimmy Butler's right knee revealed a meniscal injury.

The team did not reveal any other details on the injury and did not specify the severity. If he has a tear in his meniscus, he's likely looking at around 6-8 weeks, but it's possible that's not the case. If he only needs arthroscopic surgery, it may be closer to 3-6 weeks. It's worth a mention that Butler's right knee was the same knee that kept him out a week in the first half of the season. Butler's fantasy owners just have to sit tight for now. Meanwhile, picking up Nemanja Bjelica isn't a bad idea in 12-team leagues. For Wolves fans, it sounds like Butler has a good chance to be ready for the postseason.
Feb 24 - 4:47 PM

Although the MRI results have yet to be released, Jimmy Butler (knee) is officially listed as out for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

Wolves fans and Butler owners remain forced to anxiously await an update on Butler's knee. According to's David Aldridge, there was "some optimism" in Butler's camp that he did not tear his ACL on Friday night. We'll pass along an update as soon as the results of the MRI are revealed.
Feb 24 - 1:06 PM

According to's David Aldridge, Jimmy Butler's camp has "some optimism" that he did not tear his ACL on Friday.

That's a good sign and there are tests doctors can do to see if the ACL was ruptured or not. That said, it's certainly not a guarantee that Butler is OK and there could be other damage to another ligament in his knee. He'll have an MRI on Saturday to confirm the damage. For now, grabbing Nemanja Bjelica in competitive leagues makes sense until we get word.
Feb 24 - 12:23 AM

X-rays taken on Jimmy Butler's right knee came back negative.

He's not out of the woods yet and will have an MRI on Saturday morning. The Wolves are simply calling it a "right knee injury" for now, but Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports said there is "some hope around the severity." His fantasy owners should sit tight until Saturday's update, but if Butler misses time, expect several Wolves to step up including Nemanja Bjelica, Jamal Crawford and Andrew Wiggins.
Feb 23 - 10:40 PM

Jimmy Butler (right knee) was helped to the locker room in the third quarter on Friday.

He was battling in the paint and Nene fell into his left knee, and then about a second later his right knee looked to give out on a shot attempt without taking any contact. He needed help off the floor and he didn't put weight on his right leg, so this does not look good at all. The Wolves may have to lean on Nemanja Bjelica, Jamal Crawford, Andrew Wiggins and maybe even Marcus Georges-Hunt to help out.
Feb 23 - 9:45 PM

Jimmy Butler didn't play during Sunday's All-Star game.

Butler leads the NBA in minutes per game (37.3) and the Wolves played on Thursday, the most recent day games were played prior to the break. "This Timberwolves season is very, very important to me," Butler said after the game. It sounds like Butler requested that coach Mike D'Antoni leave him out of the rotation, and neither the Wolves nor Butler's fantasy owners will complain that he's getting extra rest.
Feb 18 - 11:28 PM

Jimmy Butler scored 24 points with five rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and one turnover in 41 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

He and coach Tom Thibodeau seem to be a good fit together with Jimmy playing some of his best ball right now. According to's David Aldridge, Thibs could "do whatever is necessary" to keep Butler on the Wolves for a long time, which could include an extension this summer. Either way, his fantasy owners have a stud on their hands the rest of the way, but the Wolves have played two more games than every other team in the NBA. His fantasy owners may want to check how that affects them.
Feb 15 - 11:44 PM

Jimmy Butler finished Sunday's 111-106 win against the Kings with 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals over 39 minutes.

Butler's stat line wasn't bad, but it was a far cry from the 38 points he posted in his emotional return to Chicago on Friday, going head-to-head with Zach LaVine and his old teammates. He still finished 5-of-9 from the field, 1-of-1 from the 3-point line and 7-of-9 from the free-throw stripe, but it was his first time under 20 points over the past 20 games dating back to Jan. 12.
Feb 11 - 10:06 PM

Jimmy Butler finished with a game-high 38 points in Friday's 114-113 loss at Chicago, his first game back in the Windy City since an offseason trade.

Butler did all he could to will his team to a win, hitting 11-of-26 from the field, including 3-of-9 from behind the arc, while adding 13-of-15 from the free-throw stripe. He also added seven rebounds, five assists and four steals with just one turnover across 41 minutes. He is in the midst of his most prolific scoring stretch of the season, dropping 30 or more points in three straight outings. He is averaging 32.8 PPG in four outings in the month of February.
Feb 10 - 1:07 AM

Jimmy Butler scored seven of his 35 points in overtime on Wednesday, finishing 14-of-21 from the field with six assists, five rebounds, four 3-pointers and two steals in 46 minutes.

Butler also expended himself defending LeBron James throughout the game, which made his offensive exploits even more impressive. He missed four games in January due to knee soreness, but the Wolves obviously aren't trying to limit him -- in the six games since his return, he's averaging an astounding 38.7 minutes. As long as he stays healthy, he's locked in as an early-round value in nearly any format.
Feb 8 - 12:14 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jeff Teague
2Tyus Jones
3Aaron Brooks
4Derrick Rose
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Jamal Crawford
3Marcus Georges-Hunt
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Anthony Brown
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nemanja Bjelica
3Amile Jefferson
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Justin Patton
4Cole Aldrich