Sources: Butler uninterested in rejoining Wolves
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Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau met with All-Star forward Jimmy Butler on Monday to try to convince him to rejoin the team in the preseason, league sources told ESPN.
Butler declined, the sources said.
Butler is uninterested in practicing or playing with the Timberwolves again, and has implored owner Glen Taylor and Thibodeau to trade him soon, because the team will lose him next summer in free agency regardless, according to the sources.
The front office’s strategy on the trade discussions could park Butler on the sidelines far longer than he had hoped this season, the sources said.
Taylor excused Butler from the team media responsibilities on Monday, and the private conversation with Thibodeau ended with Butler reiterating that he has no plans to play for the Timberwolves again, league sources said.
Still, one league source told ESPN on Monday night that Thibodeau “isn’t giving up.”
Tom Thibodeau said the Wolves will do their best to accommodate Jimmy Butler’s trade request, but expects the star forward to show up for camp if a deal doesn’t come together soon.
Despite the objections of Timberwolves