As the 2018-19 NBA season approaches the Minnesota Timberwolves need to strongly consider trading Jimmy Butler. Last summer during the 2017 NBA draft the Chicago Bulls decided to trade Butler to the Timberwolves.
Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson reported the news on the blockbuster deal. The deal sent Butler and the No. 16 pick to the Timberwolves in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No.7 pick (Lauri Markkanen).
As Chicago fans threw up their hands in disgust the reaction for Timberwolves fans was the exact opposite. At the time Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau was finishing his first season. Trading for Butler seemed to be his way of recreating his past Bulls rosters.
Needless to say, after Thibodeau’s second year as the Timberwolves head coach, he may be regretting last summer’s trade. Although the T-Wolves made the playoffs last season for the first time in 14 years, the team struggled on and off the court.
This season Thibodeau struggled to deal with his team’s morale. ESPN’s Zach Lowe mentioned on his podcast that Karl-Anthony Towns was not on the same page or happy with the T-Wolves. In addition to KAT, being unhappy ESPN 1500’s Derek James would later report that Andrew Wiggins was unhappy being the third scoring option.
Butler played 59 games this season and was plagued by a variety of injuries. However, the shooting-guard would suffer a meniscal injury late in February against the Houston Rockets. The 2011 draft pick would return to the team in early April which allowed for the final playoff push.
Although the T-Wolves made the playoffs the team chemistry and dynamic may be in jeopardy. Over the summer Butler has been living his best life. Along the way, the 6-foot-8 guard/forward may have liked a multitude of post that hinted toward potential teams that he would like to play for.
Jimmy Butler liked a comment saying he and Kyrie should come to the Knicks next summer. ? pic.twitter.com/NnkCsXXLEL
— Thomas Duffy (@TJDhoops) July 12, 2018
It’s safe to say that the Timberwolves need to make trading Butler a priority this summer.
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