Though Jimmy Butler was intent on forcing his way out of Minnesota, he has suited up for Tom Thibodeau and the Timberwolves. Unsurprisingly, he's been his usual dominant self, averaging 22.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assist per game while leading the league in steals at 3.0 per game.
Still, Butler is trying to maneuver his way out of the North Star State by sitting out their next game against the Utah Jazz. Many believe that this could lead to Butler missing an extended period of time.
Jimmy Butler is taking next step in six-week-long process aimed at getting the All-Star out of Minnesota by sitting tonight against Utah, and could lead to extended absence for Butler, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 31, 2018
This comes just days after the Houston Rockets offered a whopping four first-round picks in exchange for Butler, despite only the Heat, Knicks, Nets and Clippers being explicitly named by Butler as destinations he would sign an extension. Minnesota, however, seems unwilling to give Butler to a fellow Western Conference contender.
Whichever team deals for Butler is getting one of the best two-way players in the NBA playing as well as he ever has. Butler just scored 15 points in the fourth quarter against LeBron and the Lakers to pull out a win late.
Butler is clearly unhappy in Minnesota, and will exhaust every option to get out of there. Sitting out may not be one of the most honorable options, but it will save his body from wear and tear and makes his desire to leave even more obvious.