Here’s the good news, Timberwolves fans. Karl Anthony-Towns isn’t going anywhere. In fact, he put pen to paper on a five-year max extension Saturday night. Now here’s the bad news — the organization is a mess. Jimmy Butler wants out; that much is clear. We’ve spent plenty of time over the past couple of days on this very subject.
And while Tom Thibodeau doesn’t want him gone, it looks like he doesn’t have a choice in the matter. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, owner Glen Taylor wants him gone. But more than that, he’s not going to rest until Butler is gone.
Sources: Minnesota owner Glen Taylor has made it clear to President/Coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden that Jimmy Butler’s on the trade block and Taylor wants the front office moving to find a deal. Taylor is pushing for a fast resolution.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 23, 2018
Fun times. But it doesn’t stop there.
“Thibodeau’s general manager, Scott Layden, had been shutting down trade inquires for Butler in recent days, and Taylor has demanded that Layden not only take calls on potential deals, but reach out to initiate conversations, league sources said. This is all really…unique,” Woj adds.
Yes, unique is certainly one word to describe this mess. Last season, Butler put up 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists while shooting 35% from long range across 59 games. For the first time in 13 seasons, the Timberwolves made the playoffs. Unless Thibodeau changes his style though, we can’t seem them making it back there. With Butler gone, they are a worse team. That’s just a fact.
Towns staying is great news. Hopefully Andrew Wiggins can improve. The Western Conference is even tougher now though, and this organizational — let’s call it chaos — isn’t going away.