Jimmy Butler: “What Are They Going to Do When I Show Up and Hoop on Friday?”
Jimmy sends a message.
Published reports were saying that Jimmy Butler’s absence on Wednesday night’s victory (AKA Derrick Rose Night) against the Utah Jazz was the resumption of the push to force a trade. But the 29-year-old All-Star quickly shot down the haters, saying that he was simply resting his aching body.
I call bullshit.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 31, 2018
But Butler’s agent remains adamant that Butler is still committed to the Timberwolves, and that the team will continue to hustle for a suitable trade.
Also asked Jimmy Butler’s agent, Bernie Lee, if — If Butler is still on the roster — will Jimmy play on the road trip? pic.twitter.com/LWQefpgvT0
— jace frederick (@JaceFrederick) October 31, 2018
“Because my body is hurting and I don’t want to go out there and risk an injury, people make stuff up?” Butler said in a text to [Rachel] Nichols. “What are they going to do when I show up and hoop on Friday?”
Butler and his representative continue to express frustration in what they believe is Minnesota’s inaction in honoring Butler’s trade request, and they have been pushing owner Glen Taylor to speed up the process, sources said.
“We knew going in that when you miss training camp like he did, that basically this is his training camp, so there’s soreness involved,” [Tom] Thibodeau said Wednesday. “We talk to him, see how he’s feeling. When he has soreness, there’s going to be precautionary rest.”