When the Minnesota Timberwolves traded for Jimmy Butler, they did it on the basis of building something special for years to come.
A year later, after a disappointing season, things aren't looking very special. In fact, the team is falling apart almost just as fast as they were put together.
In a new report by
#Twolves All-Star Jimmy Butler has officially turned down the Wolves' 4-year, $110M range extension offer, per owner Glen Taylor. Full interview posting soon, which includes stuff on KAT extension talks, Thibs, filling out the roster, and #LosLynx.
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) July 13, 2018
" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Darren Wolfson, Butler has officially declined his four-year, $110M contract extension by the Timberwolves, leaving him primed to hit free-agency in 2019.
Thing is, this shouldn't have really shocked anyone. Earlier this month, a source claimed that Jimmy was displeased with the work-ethic of his Wolves' teammates (most notably Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns), and had "no intention" of committing to a long-term partnership with the club.
Some say he'll end up in New York next season, as a potential pairing of him and Kyrie has been seen as something more than just possible in recent weeks. Obviously, though, he'll have more options when he hits the market in 2019.
So while him turning down the extension doesn't guarantee his exit from Minnesota, it sure looks like it's trending that way for the time being. Unless the team is confident they can change Butler's mind, they best be thinking about trading him before he leaves them with nothing in return.