Minnesota Timberwolves Rumors
Sources familiar with the situation told Sporting News that Butler is uncertain about playing with Wiggins — Butler had problems last season with Wiggins, his work ethic and his approach on the defensive end of the floor. Thibodeau has had similar problems with Wiggins in the past, too, and he had some hope that bringing a tough-minded veteran like Butler into the locker room would spur Wiggins to improve. It didn’t.
Another source of friction with the Wolves has been the way that Thibodeau used his bench last season, which has long been a criticism of Thibodeau, carried over from his time in Chicago. He rides his starting unit hard, and all five Wolves starters averaged 33.0 minutes or more. The Wolves had three players — Butler, Wiggins and Towns — in the top 14 in minutes per game last season.
Darren Wolfson: Update: While Allen had a nice meal with Thibs and Layden on Wed. night and good conversation into Thursday, he didn’t workout for the #Twolves. He’s dealing with a minor injury. It also prevented him from doing on-the-court stuff a few days ago with the Hawks. #AllEyesNorth
Darren Wolfson: Former Lakeville North HS and Xavier star J.P. Macura has workouts coming up on Thursday with the Kings & next Monday with the Pistons. Has previously worked out for the #Celtics, #Twolves, Spurs, Clippers, & Suns. Also met with the Pacers, Bucks, Magic at the @ProBBallCombine.
Journalist: How do you see your immediate future playing out this summer? Do you have an idea of how this is going to go? Marcus Georges-Hunt: I have no preferences. I’m going into free agency with open eyes. I don’t know what to expect. I just have to stay ready, keep working on my game and getting better. I don’t know what to expect, honestly. I don’t want to look that far ahead.