Jerry Zgoda: On Friday, I ceremonially handed the Timberwolves’ beat to colleague Chris Hine in a baton exchange staged for Twitter that used a Ricky Rubio bobblehead as the baton. I filed one more story Saturday that detailed young center Justin Patton’s continuing foot injuries and as of Monday, I finally, officially bequeathed the hunt for news on Jimmy Butler’s future in Minnesota and Karl-Anthony Towns’ looming contract extension to Chris.

Karl-Anthony Towns in waiting mode

Shams Charania: There’s been a lot of uncertainty around Jimmy Butler all summer. He hasn’t been back to Minnesota. This is going to be a telltale week for him. Very much so, I’m told, this a last-ditch meeting for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Tom Thibodeau, and how they respond and how Jimmy responds to it will be interesting. Karl-Anthony Towns, who’s one of the top talents in the league, has yet to sign to sign his rookie max extension, which should be a no-brainer. And I’m told there won’t be any decision on that until this Jimmy Butler situation resolves itself.
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