When the Wolves are away, Butler will play. That appears to be the message that All-Star Jimmy Butler is sending to Minnesota as he continues to work out at the team's facility daily as the rest of the Timberwolves are on the west coast.
The talented 29-year-old has requested a trade from Minnesota, and has thus far refused to join the team. This latest move highlights his increasing desire to play basketball, as long as it's not for the Timberwolves.
Butler is reportedly frustrated with how his request is being handled, and it all doesn't look like it's going to be amended any time soon. Multiple teams have emerged as suitors for Butler, including the Houston Rockets, but so far no potential deal has gained serious traction.
ESPN Reporting w/ Zach Lowe: Minnesota’s asking price for Jimmy Butler remains too steep for teams. Minny seeks quality vets/top prospects/future assets/cap relief. Too high a price for interested teams, including Miami. Sources are skeptical of Thibodeau’s desire to make deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 27, 2018
Right now, Butler and Minnesota are stuck in a stalemate. Neither one wants to budge, which could result in even more unwanted drama for the Wolves. Both sides want this to get resolved, but their ideas of resolution appear to be completely different from one another.
Butler will continue to stay in great shape, while trolling his teammates in their facility while they are out of town. Whether a trade gets done or not largely depends on Minnesota's asking price, which is currently too steep for most teams to take seriously, including Butler's preferred Miami Heat.
It's impossible to know how this debacle will play out, but NBA fans are going to want to follow this story closely. If Butler gets dealt to a plausible contender, then even the Warriors will have to take notice this season.