It was quite the week for Jimmy Butler. But, first, let’s rewind to late September, when the All-Star requested to be traded
by the Minnesota Timberwolves. For three weeks, Butler sat out of training camp while the front office mulled his fate. After a potential trade with the Miami Heat fell apart, head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau met with Butler to persuade him to stay in Minnesota. When Butler returned to practice, he came out swinging. He challenged Thibodeau, general manager Scott Layden and teammates, including Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. “You f---ing need me, Scott!” Butler reportedly yelled
. “You can’t win without me.” The next day, he called for a players-only meeting to clear the air. But did it actually happen? “It wasn’t no players meeting,” Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague tweeted
, “you just made that up bro y’all gotta relax with this fake news.” What is going on in Minnesota? And who will Butler play for this season?