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Mondays are anything but fun days to those of us in the real world, but this Monday isn’t likely to be enjoyable for Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden, either.
According to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Jimmy Butler will meet with them that day to “have honest conversations” about the All-Star guard’s future with the team.
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) September 15, 2018
Butler can be an unrestricted free agent next summer and has repeatedly said playing for a team that can compete for championships is his No. 1 goal at this stage of his career.
Because of the collective bargaining agreement, the most the Timberwolves could off Butler this summer was a four-year, $110 million contract extension, which they did.
However, with the possibility of signing a five-year pact for $188 million with Minnesota next summer or a deal with the same length for $139 with another team, Butler rejected the Timberwolves’ offer.
The 29-year-old Butler was reunited with Thibodeau, his coach during their days in Chicago, in a trade last summer and helped push Minnesota to its first playoff appearance since the 2003-04 season. He averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists and was an All-Star for the fourth time in his career.
He missed 23 games last season, mostly because of knee problems, and had surgery this summer to fix a minor issue with his right hand.
There were rumors of chemistry problems between Butler, Thibodeau and Timberwolves young players Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, though Thibodeau downplayed those whispers several times this offseason.