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Jimmy Butler has let it be known that he doesn’t want to sign a contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves. His foot is one step out for the door and he may be headed to the New York Knicks next season.
The reason for Butler’s displeasure is “the nonchalant attitude of his younger teammates,” according to sources. Karl-Anthony Towns is the main player that Butler has an issue with. Last year in the playoffs, Towns didn’t show up in the playoffs. He is young and inexperienced and the Houston Rockets made him look like he didn’t know how to play basketball.
Some players are very competitive while others aren’t. Butler has the Kobe Bryant mentality when he is on the court and Towns isn’t as serious as winning as Butler. It also doesn’t help that Towns is a horrible defender. Scoring is his best strength but if he can’t stop the opposing team from scoring, how useful is he really?
To make matter worse, Butler already has plans for the near future and they don’t include the Timberwolves. Butler wants to play with Kyrie Irving in the Eastern Conference and the Knicks will be the beneficiary of this situation. Irving and Butler can team up there and dominate the Eastern Conference.
Irving also didn’t sign an extension this year and will be a free agent next year. Both of them will be free to choose where they want to play and New York seems to be the destination in mind. The Knicks are young and have cap space to sign superstar players next free agency.
Now that the Western Conference is loaded with tons of teams that will all be fighting for a playoff spot, the Timberwolves look like they will be the odd ones out. They don’t have the chemistry to stay afloat in the new Western Conference.
Butler leaving will push the Wolves back a couple of years but they have nobody to blame but themselves. They had the luxury of signing Butler but couldn’t convince him to stay there.