It has been nearly a week since training camps opened around the NBA, and it’s not clear if the Jimmy Butler saga is any closer to a resolution. That perceived lack of progress remains a source of frustration for Butler’s camp, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic, who writes that the 29-year-old and his representatives are seriously questioning whether the Timberwolves are legitimately trying to find a deal.
As Amick details, more than half of the NBA’s 30 teams have shown at least some level of interest in Butler, but the veteran’s camp continues to hear that the Wolves’ asking price is “far too high” and that the counter-offers put on the table by Minnesota are “downright delusional.”
As we’ve noted in previous stories on Butler, team owner Glen Taylor has given the All-NBA swingman assurances that the team will find and take the best deal, but there’s a sense that president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden have been in no rush to resolve the situation. With the NBA’s preseason schedule underway, it remains unclear whether or not Butler will report to the team if no deal is completed, but Amick suggests that patience is wearing thin on Butler’s side.
Amick also observes that there’s a difference in opinion on when exactly Butler made it clear that he didn’t envision a long-term future in Minnesota and wanted out. The franchise reportedly feels blindsided by the All-Star’s trade request, since Thibodeau believes last month’s meeting in Los Angeles was the first and only time that request was made. However, a source tells Amick that Butler thinks he made it clear during an August meeting that he wanted to move on from the Wolves.