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Wolves’ Jimmy Butler says meeting with front office isn’t until Tuesday

September 18, 2018

The meeting that was reported to happen Monday between Jimmy Butler and the Timberwolves front office, a meeting billed as a potential pivotal moment for Butlers future in the franchise, didnt happen -- at least according to Butler.

Butler tweeted late Monday night that the meeting, which was widely reported over the weekend to be happening Monday, is actually happening Tuesday.

Exactly why people need to stop believing what you see on the internet, Butler tweeted, saying the meeting didnt happen Monday but is scheduled for Tuesday. I wonder what else people write and people believe. Hmmm.

The meeting will take place after an offseason filled with soap opera-like drama for the Wolves and Butler, with reports surfacing that he is frustrated playing with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, the two young cornerstones of the franchise.

Butler rejected the Wolves offer of a four-year, $110 million extension in July, a move that was not so much a repudiation of the Wolves but a business move since Butler could net up to $80 million more if he signs a new contract after this coming season. (Butler has a player option on his current deal and can opt out of his contract after this upcoming season). Training camp opens next week.

Towns has yet to sign his maximum contract extension and has until Oct. 15 to do so. If Butler is unhappy and indicates to the Wolves he will not sign with them next offseason, the most prudent option for the Wolves might be to trade Butler before the deadline in February and get something in return for him instead of letting him walk for nothing.

To do that, Thibodeau would have to make a decision that is aimed at the franchises long-term goals rather than the short term, something that could be difficult for a coach who hates to lose any regular-season game.

The Wolves remain optimistic that Towns will sign his extension, which likely will be worth up to $188 million over five years. The Wolves can offer more money than any other team and Towns would lose leverage if he doesnt sign by Oct. 15. He would only have the chance to become a restricted free agent next summer (whereas Butler would be unrestricted) and the Wolves would be able to match any offer that comes Towns way from another team.

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