Jimmy Butler, Finally Traded
Updated: Oct 12, 2019
About three months ago, everyone got the notification that Jimmy Butler wanted out of Minnesota. After conflicts with teammates and the front office, Butler requested a trade about two months before the season started. Tom Thibodeau, the head coach, and the general manager did not want to part ways with Butler yet, rejecting numerous trade offers from the Miami Heat and the Huston Rockets.
Butler had not been going to practice or been in contact with the team, but then on October 10th Butler showed up to practice, took the third string team, and went up against the starters and beat them.
Butler then left the facility saying, “You (bleeping) need me. You can't win without me.”
After that, it was known that Butler would not be able to stay with the Timberwolves due to the tension between him and his teammates and the coaches. Yet still, Butler was not traded before the season. Throughout the first month of the season, Butler sat out games to rest and showed no signs of a change in heart. In a game against the Golden State Warriors, Butler was on the bench waving his towel in the air along with all the Warriors fan, essentially cheering against the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves have lost five in a row, putting their record at (4-9), showing that even with Butler on the team, they can’t win.
Finally, after three months of rumors and drama, the Timberwolves decided to trade Butler and Justin Patton to the 76ers for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and a 2022 second-round pick. The four-time all-star Jimmy Butler is finally getting what he wants and is moving on from his time with the Timberwolves.