It’s become apparent that Jimmy Butler wants out of Minnesota with multiple reports stating he is “unhappy” with current attitude with younger players, especially Karl-Anthony Towns. He believes they have no desire to win right now and obviously Butler is fed up with this. The Timberwolves are no short of talent with young stars on the rise in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. However, Butler wants to win now and is interested in joining a championship caliber team.
A Tweet per Bleacher Report NBA shows the current mood of Butler right now.
Jimmy Butler was involved in an interview with ESPN First Take in 2017 and Max Kellerman asked Butler “if you could pick anyone in the NBA, who would it be?” Butler responds with saying “Kyrie Irving because he’s my favorite player.”
Irving still has one more year left in his contract this season, guaranteed $21,329,750 million with The Celtics. For Butler to team up with Irving this season, Celtics would have to offer All-Star Gordon Hayward. We haven’t seen virtually anything from Hayward this season, with a severe broken leg in his first five minutes as a Celtic, causing him to sit out for the season. It’s unknown whether Hayward will produce the same quality, let alone fit with Boston’s system.
Another asset would involve Marcus Smart, one of Boston’s backup point guards to Irving. Terry Rozier showed bright sparks for Celtics Nation, becoming one of the more valuable players for the team.
It could definitely be a possibility that we could see Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler team up this season in Boston. Butler has made it to the Playoffs 6 out of his 7 seasons and Kyrie has won a championship with The Cavaliers in 2016. They both have experience in the postseason and could be a big threat to the east now that LeBron James moved to LA.
The 28-year-old averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game for The Timberwolves. Known as one of the best two-way players in today’s league, teaming up could be dangerous next season and becoming a menace in the east, chasing down Finals favorites, Golden State Warriors.