Wolves’ Butler out indefinitely after knee surgery

Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler requested a trade more than a month ago but the team has been unable to work out a deal.

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Jimmy Butler underwent successful meniscus surgery on his right knee Sunday and will be out indefinitely, the team announced.

The operation was performed by the team’s head orthopedic surgeon. Further updates will be provided over the course of Butler’s rehabilitation process.

In 56 games this season, Butler is averaging 22.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists. The Wolves’ leader and best player has told people that he plans to be back for the playoffs, as noted by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

The Wolves enter Sunday with a record of 37-26, good for third place in the rugged Western Conference. The real challenge, however, begins now for Minnesota, as they are a completely different team without Butler on the floor.

The Wolves have a offensive rating of 116.3 when Butler is on the court compared to 109.8 when he’s not.