Oh so you’re telling me that after a significantly underwhelming season by the T-Wolves, one of the players on said team doesn’t see himself signing an extension with them? Huh…
When seeing a report like this, you have to consider the possibility that it may not be true. I’m inclined to believe that it’s 100% true because it was from a source based in Chicago, Illinois, the place that Jimmy spent the first six years of his career before being traded to the Wolves last off-season during the draft. Also, the Chicago Sun-Times is a highly circulated newspaper within the US, and I doubt that they’d create a false headline. I just had to nail that point home real quick before I began, no one likes credibility talk, and for that, I’m sorry.
But yes, apparently Jimmy B. isn’t too thrilled with his teammates which isn’t a huge surprise. What IS genuinely shocking, however, is that it seems like KAT, the Wolves young superstar, is the main reason Butler is upset. When I first heard this report, my mind went straight to Wiggins because, well, he was nothing short of terrible last season. Terrible in the sense that he regressed from the 2016-2017 season, and on top of that, he’s slated to make 25 Mil during the 2018-2019 season. He averaged fewer points this past season and even fewer assists (2.0) than the low mark he put up the season before (2.3). And before you tell me it’s because they had Jimmy and he kept the ball out of Andrew’s hands, wouldn’t it make sense that even if that was the issue, which it wasn’t, he would have had a higher shooting percentage? Well, he didn’t, he shot 43.8%, which was also down from 45.2% the season before. That’s what you call “becoming complacent,” and not getting an ounce better in any stretch of the imagination. So, I thought for sure, Butler was pointing his finger in AW’s direction. To find out that my beloved KAT, also has that same demeanor in his off-season approach is truly frightening.
Jimmy was a 30th overall pick in the 2011 draft so he came into the league with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Over the years, he’s proven to be one of the hardest workers and most competitive guys in the league and that work ethic/high motor has gotten him to be an All-NBA level player. He didn’t come into the league as the #1 pick like Wiggins and Towns did, which could explain why Jimmy has a problem with their off-season tendencies. Think of it like a trust fund baby vs. someone who has to create a way for themselves. The hunger is different. The drive is different. On top of all of that, it’s not like Butler chose to be there in the first place, he was traded to Minnesota. And with his free agency coming up after the upcoming season, there is a very small chance you’ll see him again, in a Wolves uniform.