Jimmy Butler is fed up with the young Timberwolves’ antics and will not sign an extension. Is this just another Jimmy Butler locker room issue?
According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Jimmy Butler is “all but fed up with the nonchalant attitude of his younger teammates, specifically Karl-Anthony Towns.” Cowley’s league source also said that he has no intentions of signing an extension with Minnesota. Also, Butler and Kyrie Irving are reportedly ‘determined’ to play together. The Celtics could attempt to acquire Butler, or both Irving and Butler could opt out of their player options at the end of the season to join on another team.
This is not the first time we’ve heard of Butler having issues with teammates. Back when Butler was emerging as a star when Derrick Rose was injured, there were multiple reports of he and Butler having issues playing together and who would be the face of the franchise when Rose returned, which ultimately led to the Bulls dealing away Rose to the Knicks. Later down the road when the Bulls acquired Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade, there were reports of Rondo calling out both Wade and Butler for telling team issues to the media rather than addressing the team first. These issues continue to surround Butler now that he is criticizing teammates, especially star big-man Karl-Anthony Towns.
Butler is currently on a 5-year, $92,339,878 contract that is up after the 2018-19 season.