The Timberwolves, aka Bulls 2.0, finally became relevant again last season with Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins leading the team to their first postseason appearance since 2004. There should be at least one more playoff run in that core’s future, but beyond that things are looking a little murky.
Per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Butler isn’t exactly meshing with his younger teammates, notably face of the franchise Karl-Anthony Towns:
Irving has already said he won’t be signing a contract extension this summer. As for Butler, a league source said that he also has no intentions of signing an extension with Minnesota, all but fed up with the nonchalant attitude of his younger teammates, specifically Karl-Anthony Towns.
The report adds Butler and Kyrie Irving may have designs on playing together on an Eastern Conference team, as both are set to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2019.
Basically if you’re a Timberwolves fan this is a nightmare. The Warriors have become more unbeatable, the Lakers have LeBron, and your squad is busy bringing back old Thibs favorites like Derrick Rose while Butler allegedly plots to play elsewhere. But hey, at least the team is good for another first-round exit.