Whoever inside the Timberwolves organization said that Jimmy Butler wasn't going to be traded apparently didn't speak to the boss.
There are plenty of upper-level members of the Wolves' organization, sure. There's GM Scott Layden who's a big deal, and then there's the President of Basketball Operations/head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Neither of those two are the guys who sign the checks, and neither will have the final say on whether or not their All-Star is traded, especially after his public demands.
Owner Glen Taylor made it clear at the NBA's Board of Governors meeting that Butler is available.
Story filed to ESPN: As Minnesota’s front office tells inquiring rivals that team has no plans to trade Jimmy Butler, owner Glen Taylor had a different message at NBA’s Board of Governors meetings: Butler is available and owners/GM’s should contact Taylor himself if necessary.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 21, 2018
The whole "contact me if necessary" is a fun little middle finger to both Layden and Thibodeau.
Thibs may not want to go into a rebuild, but guess what? He isn't in charge. Taylor doesn't want this process to weigh down Minnesota all season, nor should he. If Butler is forced to stay, they'll have to deal with the drama the entire season, and then he'll go to the Clippers for nothing.
“The owner’s trading him,” one Board of Governors attendee told ESPN on Friday. “That was made clear. It’s just a matter of when.” https://t.co/MMrB4gVX8P— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 21, 2018
Taylor is the one who has the final say and has made that clear to teams, telling them to contact him directly if they can't get anything done with his two employees. As if this Butler situation didn't make things look bad enough in Minnesota, that drama is spilling over into the front office.
Jimmy Butler won’t show up at #Wolves media day on Monday if deal isn’t done. Owner Glen Taylor telling teams he’s available. President/coach Tom Thibodeau rebuffing trade inquiries. Guess the situation in Minneapolis is beyond explosive... #NBA pic.twitter.com/HCKAEMbUVA— Davide Chinellato (@dchinellato) September 21, 2018
No wonder why Butler wants to leave. This organization is a circus from top to bottom.