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The Real Reason Jimmy Butler Left The Timberwolves

(via USA Today)

(via USA Today)

In 2017, Jimmy Butler joined the Minnesota Timberwolves and led the team to their first playoff appearance since the 2003-04 season. Butler was brought in to aid the franchise in taking the next big step, but things fell apart by the end of his first year with the team.

The locker room chemistry had exploded, and the team wasn't playing well on the basketball floor either.

Jimmy Butler left that season having received much of the blame for that performance. But in his eyes, it wasn't him who underperformed. His criticisms of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins were no secret -- he wanted more from them.

So when they offered Drew a five-year, $148 million extension anyway, it put the final nail in the coffin.

“Wiggins has failed to live up to expectations, and the extension was at the root of Jimmy Butler’s unhappiness in Minnesota,” according to Yahoo Sports.

The former #1 overall pick has not been terrible over the course of his young career. He is averaging around 20 points per game.

He hasn't been great, either, and has actually been quite underwhelming since being drafted in 2014. His efficiency is poor, he hogs the ball on offense and has failed to really improve his game over the years.

Butler exposed Wiggins a bit for being rather unwilling to put in the work to improve his game, only to be answered by the Wolves later offering him a five-year max extension. Butler clearly did not feel as though Andrew Wiggins had earned that contract. And in giving it to him, Minnesota made their choice.

It was onl a matter of time until Jimmy forced himself out after that.