OKC's George sides with Butler, calls point 'valid'
5:26 PM ET
OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George, no stranger to uncomfortable situations with NBA management, said on Friday that he’s spoken with Jimmy Butler about what’s happening in Minnesota and is firmly on his side.
“Jimmy has a very valid point,” George said. “I’m on Jimmy’s side. It’s not coming from a place where he’s going against an organization.”
Kevin Garnett told The Athletic he hopes the Timberwolves can “get through this rough patch and everybody can get on the same [page] and figure it out” but sees flaws in disgruntled star Jimmy Butler’s approach in requesting a trade.
Jimmy Butler was not with the Timberwolves in Milwaukee on Friday as they prepared for their final game of the NBA preseason.
With his trade request not yet accommodated and Butler back at practice this week, things have been tense and awkward within the Timberwolves practice facility the last few days. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Butler challenged teammates and management when he rejoined the team for a workout Wednesday.
“Jimmy’s a guy, his whole career, he made it into the league off work, off him having to grind and scratch and claw