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In news that’s not necessarily a huge surprise, Tom Thibodeau doesn’t want Jimmy Butler to go.
Thibodeau is the head coach and president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Butler the star small forward. Butler requested a trade last week after one season with the Timberwolves — though it wasn’t his first under Thibodeau, as the two once ran together with the Chicago Bulls.
According to a report from ESPN, Thibodeau met with Butler on Monday and tried to convince Butler to rejoin the team.
Butler skipped media day Monday, and is expected to miss training camp as he waits for the Timberwolves to find a deal. According to The Athletic, he is standing steadfast in his desire to be dealt.
Building off @wojespn tweet: sources say Jimmy Butler remained resolute during his talk with Thibs that his position would not change.
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) September 25, 2018
Everyone from the Miami Heat to Cleveland Cavaliers to Detroit Pistons and the Houston Rockets are supposedly interested. Others linked to potential Butler talks with the Timberwolves include the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks.
Butler can become a free agent at the end of the season after rejecting a contract extension in July.
Thibodeau, it seems, is hoping Butler will at least consider playing out that free-agency season in Minnesota. For that, the coach cannot be blamed.