MINNEAPOLIS: Four-time NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, whom the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired by trade with high expectations, is beginning the final season of his contract, and he and Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau have some important points to discuss.
According to multiple reports, the two will be meeting on Monday to cover some serious topics regarding the direction of the franchise.
Thibodeau, also the club’s president of basketball operations, is feeling pressure to keep Butler in the fold past this season, along with 22-year-old centre Karl-Anthony Towns.
Butler, however, has some issues with the 2.13-metre Towns, and in July he was quoted by the Chicago Sun-Times as saying he is “all but fed up with the nonchalant attitude of his younger teammates,” a not-so-veiled reference to Towns, and that he has “no intentions” of signing a longer-term deal with the Timberwolves.
Thibodeau has come under scrutiny from club owner Glen Taylor, ESPN reported, saying Taylor was having regrets about turning over control of the basketball operations to Thibodeau, who is in the third year of a five-year contract.
Thibodeau dealt Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and a #7 overall pick to the Chicago Bulls to get Butler in June 2017.
In six seasons with the Bulls and one in Minnesota, Butler has career averages of 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 32.8 minutes per game.