Somehow, this week became crazier by the day for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the ongoing saga between the front office and All-Star Jimmy Butler. This has put T'Wolves head coach and team president Tom Thibodeau in one of the worst situations possible, as he's been left to scramble for equal value (that's impossible) just a week before the start of training camp. Wojnarowski reports that Butler is indeed available, and prospective suitors should contact Taylor himself if they struggle to make progress with general manager Scott Layden.
Minnesota acquired Butler previous year from head coach Tom Thibodeau's former team, the Chicago Bulls.
That has been followed by some scrambling on the Wolves side regarding the front office and ownership being on the same page. All three teams have the cap space to sign Butler to a maximum contract next summer should he reach free agency.More news: Grassley sets Friday night deadline for Kavanaugh accuser to agree to testify
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Butler, who turned 29 last week, appeared in 59 games last season for the Timberwolves, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals.
Asik, 32, began his career with the Bulls in 2010 and spent his first two seasons in Chicago before moving on to stints with the Houston Rockets and Pelicans.
In early September, Thibodeau added one of his former Bulls players by signing Luol Deng after he was released by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Now, if Butler lands in NY, a situation that ends with Kyrie following him would give the Knicks a Big Three of Kyrie, Butler, and Kristaps Porzingis. Part of that is good negotiation tactics, right now offers are not going to be that good, however, the other part of it is Thibodeau realizes his job on the line and this team is not as good without Butler.