Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler, who the team acquired from the Chicago Bulls in a trade during the 2017 offseason, has formally requested a trade, according to The Athletic’s Jon Krawcynski.
Butler met with Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau in Los Angeles on Tuesday to discuss his situation, and formally requested his desire to be traded. Butler reportedly had been contemplating requesting a trade for several weeks.
Butler’s issues appear to be contractual, and not having to do with rifts with teammates such as Karl-Anthony Towns of Andrew Wiggins.
Butler has provided the team with a list of 3 teams that he would be willing to sign an extension with in anticipation of a trade.
Timberwolves’ Glen Taylor Happy with Ryan Saunders
But, with the early success of interim head coach Ryan Saunders, Taylor is happy to stick to the current course, despite having a conversation with Hoiberg following his dismissal from the Bulls.
“We spent time on (Chicago) and what he wanted to do in the future,” Taylor said of his discussion with Hoiberg, according to Danny Lawhon of The Des Moines Register.
“We had already made up our mind on Ryan, because Ryan has worked with these players, been there all year. That was the easiest way to make the transition.”
Hoiberg has ties to the organization, having played two seasons in Minnesota and also served in the team’s front office following his retirement.
Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Discusses Ryan Saunders’ Coaching Debut
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders, who took over after the firing of Tom Thibodeau, made history with a shocking win in his debut, but also impressed his team in the process.
Wolves’ big man Karl-Anthony Towns spoke about Saunders following Minnesota’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“He showed his whole coaching repertoire tonight,” Towns said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “…He stayed as composed as anybody tonight. Gave us positive energy. Kept telling us to fight and kept making the right moves. He was playing chess the whole night and came out with checkmate.”
Timberwolves’ Jeff Teague Out Additional 7-10 Days
Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague will miss an additional 7-10 days due to a lingering ankle injury, the same one that has kept him out of the past 2 games.
Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau announced the update on Teague’s status on Friday, according to Wolvers radio commentator Alan Horton.
Derrick Rose will continue to play Teague’s minutes until he is able to return.
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