Before the start of the NBA season The Minnesota Timberwolves and Jimmy Butler had agreed that he would continue to play for the team as long as they worked on a trade for him to another team.
Here’s Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor talking about the agreement via @ Star Tribune
The latest is he is going to be going to practice every day, which he has been, and plans to play in games,” said Taylor, who also owns the Star Tribune. “He will be a regular team player. What I said to him in the meantime is our GM, Scott Layden, will be talking to other teams to see if there is a trade that works.”
When asked if he believes Butler will give 100 percent, Taylor said there is no question. He added that Butler will be ready for the season opener Wednesday at San Antonio and the home opener against Cleveland on Friday.
Taylor said that as far as he can tell, there is no chance Butler will remain with the Wolves beyond this season.
“That is not part of the plan, but as you know, things can change,” Taylor said. “But that is not what we have agreed to.”
It appears that Butler’s agreement with Taylor is over because the all-star forward plans to sit out games in an effort to force the team to trade him.
Update: The Wolves are claiming they asked Butler to rest before tonight’s game.