Player News - Timberwolves

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Minnesota is "aligning its organizational focus on next step of trading All-Star Jimmy Butler," according to Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

After the Karl-Anthony Towns news, it's very clear Jimmy is headed out of Minnesota in the very near future. Earlier this week, coach Tom Thibodeau said the Wolves were not trying to deal Jimmy, but owner Glen Taylor said Jimmy is available via trade. The Thibs-Taylor story is likely one for another day, but now it sounds like the Wolves are just looking for the best offer. Butler wants to go to the Clippers, Nets or Knicks, but the Wolves will be trading him away to the team that helps them the most.
Sep 22 - 9:21 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns and the Wolves have agreed to a five-year, $190 million super-maximum extension, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

He's the toast of the Towns. In what has been a week of bad news in Minnesota, the Wolves finally lock up one of the best young players in the NBA. Despite some controversy, there was almost no doubt that the Wolves were going to sign Towns because it's almost impossible for KAT to turn down this type of money. Sure, he's been the most durable player in the NBA with his 82-82-82 games-played log per season, but now he has financial security for life. With Jimmy Butler headed out of town, KAT is likely set for a career year after he's improved his efficiency, free throw rate and several other stats in each of his three seasons. He's locked in as a top-two pick in fantasy leagues in basically all formats.
Sep 22 - 8:50 PM

The Timberwolves have been made aware that Jimmy Butler will not be available for on-court activities at the outset of training camp, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

Butler has also been granted permission to not participate in Minnesota's media day on Monday. Although it first appeared that the coach Tom Thibodeau and the Wolves would stand pat and refuse to deal Butler, it's looking more and more likely that this relationship has run its course and Minnesota will move Butler sooner or later. The question now is what sort of package will the Wolves demand in exchange for Jimmy Buckets. Stay tuned.
Sep 22 - 12:34 PM

At the NBA's Board of Governors meeting, owner Glen Taylor said Jimmy Butler is available in a trade.

In other words, Jimmy is a goner. The owner added that owners and GMs should contact Taylor himself, if necessary. Earlier, there was a report that the Wolves were shutting down offers on Jimmy, but it was hard to buy that given the situation. Plus, it sounds like Butler is not going to report to camp. It's looking more likely Butler has a new team at some point this month. Additionally, it's looking even more likely coach Tom Thibodeau is on thin ice, as well.
Sep 21 - 7:31 PM

There is a "real possibility" Jimmy Butler may not report to training camp if a trade has not been consummated, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

Earlier, Woj reported that the Wolves are shutting down trade offers on Butler right now, so it would appear Butler is willing to take his trade request to another level. It sounds like this relationship is beyond repair, but the Wolves may not be willing to accommodate Jimmy's list of the Clippers, Nets and Knicks as possible destinations. If Butler is still on the roster for most of camp, it'll create a major distraction for the team. Expect several updates this weekend.
Sep 21 - 4:35 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN, the Wolves are shutting down trade requests for Jimmy Butler and telling teams that "Butler’s an elite player and the franchise intends to keep him."

This lines up with Woj's previous report which stated coach Tom Thibodeau has no interest in trading Butler and wants to try and return to the playoffs with him in the lineup. At least for now, it seems clear that the Wolves are intent on standing pat. It's obviously a risk, as they could lose Butler for nothing when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer. Woj also adds that: "As the case with past trades involving Minnesota stars Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love, owner Glen Taylor will be a major part of the process on deciding whether to move Butler this season."
Sep 21 - 11:35 AM

Phoenix has "asked about" Tyus Jones, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

The Suns are in need of an established point guard, as the only PG's currently on the roster are Elie Okobo, De'Anthony Melton, Shaquille Harrison and Isaiah Canaan. A trade to Phoenix would dramatically boost Jones's fantasy stock. Such a deal would also mean more minutes for Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose in Minnesota. Thus, this is certainly a situation to keep an eye on.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 21 - 11:10 AM

The Knicks are unlikely to trade for Jimmy Butler.

"We’re committed to not missing any steps," Knicks President Steve Mills said. "We’re going to take this as a step-by-step process. We’re going to continue along with our plan." Butler named the Knicks, Nets and Clippers as his preferred destinations (Clippers are at the top of his list), but the Knicks have learned from their mistakes in the past and won't give up assets when they can pursue high-profile free agents as soon as 2019.
Sep 20 - 11:31 AM

Jimmy Butler is "most determined" to end up with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Woj reported earlier today that the Clippers, Knicks, and Nets are among Butler's preferred destinations. Shams Charania of The Athletic also mentioned the Heat as a potential landing spot. Butler is eyeing a team that can accommodate him and another star player. He would like to be traded now so that he can lock in a five-year max contract worth $190 million next summer, instead of a four-year, $140 million contract if he were to leave Minnesota in free agency.
Sep 19 - 8:56 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau has no interest in trading Jimmy Butler and wants to try and return to the playoffs with him in the lineup, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

This isn't exactly big news because Thibodeau obviously wouldn't admit to wanting to deal Butler because it'll hurt him in the leverage game. In case you missed it, Butler's preferred destinations including the Nets, Knicks and Clippers, which means it could be tough to agree on a deal because those teams are rebuilding. It's certainly possible the Wolves make a deal with another team not on the list much like the Kawhi Leonard deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 19 - 4:05 PM

Jimmy Butler's three preferred destinations are the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

It's an interesting list, and it's not a coincidence that all three teams would have a max salary slot for Butler next season. Of course, the Wolves will have the final say on who they choose to deal with, and it may be hard for the Knicks to put a package together. There is a lot of fantasy fallout from this news, but it shouldn't affect Jimmy too much. Karl-Anthony Towns looks like he's poised for an even bigger year while Jeff Teague would get to run the offense. It also makes sense to take a flier on Tyus Jones until we find out how this ends.
Sep 19 - 2:26 PM

Jimmy Butler has formally requested to be traded away from Minnesota.

Wow. Butler presented Minnesota management with a list of 1-3 teams that he'd be interested in signing a contract extension with, and one of those teams is assuredly the Lakers. The Wolves will likely want to get rid of Butler prior to camp, so things could move somewhat quickly here, as his value will decline throughout the year. With Butler set to leave Minnesota, Luol Deng could potentially open the year as a starter and both Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns should see a nice uptick in usage. Jeff Teague should also spend more time running the offense sans Jimmy. Butler will be an elite asset wherever he winds up, but he does have a history of having trouble staying on the court.

Justin Patton underwent successful surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot on Tuesday, and he will be out indefinitely.

The Timberwolves aren't always forthcoming with the injury updates, so it could be a while before we get an official timetable on Patton. He's irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 4:23 PM

Tom Thibodeau is traveling to Los Angeles on Tuesday to meet with Jimmy Butler, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

Per Woj, the original plan had been a meeting in Minneapolis, but that changed in the past 24 hours. David Aldridge is reporting that Butler has serious questions about the direction of the Wolves franchise, but he is willing to hear Minnesota out, and is not yet dead set on demanding a trade. We should finally have some concrete details on Butler's future in Minnesota once this much-discussed meeting wraps up.
Sep 18 - 12:48 PM

According to NBA.com's David Aldridge, although Jimmy Butler "has serious questions about the direction of the franchise, he’s still willing to hear Minnesota out, and isn't dead set on demanding a trade elsewhere."

It was initially reported that Butler planned to sit down with the Wolves on Monday, but Butler himself clarified that the meeting will take place on Tuesday. This could be a pivotal set of meetings that eventually determines the direction Minnesota is headed in for the 2018-19 season. Stay tuned, as we will provide updates as soon as they are made available.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 18 - 9:25 AM


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