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In early June, a report surfaced that Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler was uncertain about playing with Andrew Wiggins and had issues with Wiggins’ work ethic and approach on defense this past season.
Butler, one of the best two-way players in the game, turned down the Timberwolves’ four-year, $110 million extension this summer. The All-Star swingman is slated to make $18.7 million next season and has a player option for 2019. More money is available to Butler if he plays out his contract and enters the open market in 2019.
Wiggins isn’t the only player Butler apparently has a problem with. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Butler is fed up with the nonchalant attitude of his younger teammates, especially Karl–Anthony Towns.
On Monday, Butler added more fuel to the fire, has he took an apparent shot at Wiggins and Towns on his Instagram account.
The Timberwolves acquired Butler last summer from the Chicago Bulls on draft night. In 59 games this past season, Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists, shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 35.0 percent from three.
Butler suffered a torn right meniscus in late February and underwent surgery. He did return near the end of the season and helped the Timberwolves make the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.
Butler is not an easy guy to get along with. He’s had documented beefs with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah when all three were on the Bulls. During the 2015-16 season, Noah and Butler engaged in several heated disagreements and had to be seperated many times.
A few years ago, former NBA player Antoine Walker called Butler a “bad locker room guy.”