Jimmy Butler Talks Trade Request, Minutes Restriction, Negativity

The Timberwolves are fresh off a 0-5 road trip, which dropped their season record to 4-9. The franchise seems to be in disarray as its top players are either struggling or embroiled in trade rumors. That starts and ends with Jimmy Butler.

Nearly two months since Butler’s trade request went public, he continues to suit up for a struggling Minnesota team that occupies 13th place in the Western Conference. Whether it’s the Heat, Clippers or Rockets, Butler has yet to be dealt despite the reported trade talks. At this juncture, he is a polarizing figure — playing when he wants and how he wants — for a struggling team.

In a wide-ranging, candid interview with Sam Amick of The Athletic (subscription required), Butler addressed the team’s recent struggles, his trade request,  reports of his personal minutes restrictions and more.

You can check out some of the interview’s highlights below.

On hating to lose:

“I absolutely hate, hate to f*****g lose, and the way that we go about things sometimes isn’t the right way, myself included, and a lot of other people as well. I just think that, man, whenever you win, everything takes care of itself. But we’ve got to figure out a way to do that, man. No matter what, all I want to do is win. I don’t care what anybody says, any media outlet, anybody says as a person, the one thing they can’t say is that I don’t want to win.”

On whether he’s focused on being traded:

“Like I said, I don’t focus on it. I really don’t. If it happens, if something happens, something happens. If it don’t, I’ve still got to go out there and prove that I can hang with the best of them. That’s what I do every time I take the floor. I dap somebody up, and it’s like, ‘Yo, let’s battle tonight.'”

On whether or not negative backlash impacts him:

“Hell no. For what? I know who I am. These guys know who I am. If you know me, then you know the truth. If you don’t, then you write something for people to read. That’s why I laugh at everything that somebody tells me, ‘Did you read this? Did you read that?’ No, I don’t read it. Why don’t I read it? I don’t even have the time to read it, but if I did I wouldn’t because if you didn’t talk to me to write something, you’re just making stuff up. You’re going by what you think, what you’re assuming. I leave it at that. Read it. Believe what you want. But at the end of the day, if you’ve got a real question then just come up and ask me and see who I am as a person.”

On if he agreed to play a certain amount of minutes:

“Once again, nobody talked to me about nothing. That’s just stuff that’s being written. I haven’t talked about minutes with nobody. I just go out there and I just play. I get lost in the game, and I want to win, and I don’t even realize that it turns into 41. I wouldn’t realize if it was 48 because I’m just out there and I’m competing.”

On his prior comments that he shouldn’t have to play excessive minutes:

“Yeah, we’ve got f*****g guys who can play. We’ve got to instill confidence in everybody. I think my confidence is high enough. I want all my guys to be successful, man. I want all these guys to play. Is that a convo (with Thibodeau) that I’ve got to have? Yeah, and then everybody wants to talk about how the m**********r’s not healthy [he said of himself]. Well G**damn, we’re playing 41, 43, 44 (minutes per game), it takes a toll on top of all the work that I do that don’t nobody even see. We’ll fix it. We’ll do something. We’ll talk.”

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8 thoughts on “Jimmy Butler Talks Trade Request, Minutes Restriction, Negativity

  1. afsooner02

    Wish minn would trade him already so we would be done with this subject.

  2. Who cares what he thinks. He is a tumor that needs to be removed. Thibs is an idiot that should have traded butler before the draft. He knew butler wasn’t going to resign. Thibs is incompetent, arrogant, stuborn and a very bad hire.

    • ErnestoFigueroa87

      Teams will get desperate and give up much more later in the season.

      I trust Thibodeau.

  3. ErnestoFigueroa87

    This clown is everything wrong with the NBA.

    What a loser!!!

    A disgrace.

    • bravesfan88

      Why is he a clown?? Is it because he doesn’t care about today’s politically correct society, where everyone has to walk and toe the line, get along, and speak to reporters in overly cliché phrases??

      Is it because he speaks exactly what’s on his mind, doesn’t care whose feelings he hurts, wants to win, and he wants to get the most out of himself and his teammates??

      Butler is spot on correct about Towns and Wiggins. Both have a ridiculous amount of talent, yet Wiggins plays zero defense, and Towns acts incredibly nonchalant about everything…Both come off as taking plays off, needing motivation, and just because Butler tries to fire him up the wrong way, he’s the one with the problem??

      The only problem with Butler is that he’s incapable of understanding what motivates him isn’t exactly what motivates everyone else, he is just stubborn and ignorant that way!! lol..In turn, his abrasive style and attitude rubs some people the wrong way, especially some of these younger players that are used to being babied and having their own tails wiped for them…

      But so what?!? I’d rather have a passionate player that’s going to work his rear-end off every day, than a talented player that half-asses from time to time…

      It isn’t like Butler is the only superstar that has publicly stated he wants a trade..

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