Is Kyrie Irving Planning to Leave the Celtics?
The Boston Celtics are worried that Kyrie Irving will leave instead of resign with them. Should the Celtics be worried?
The Timberwolves were offered a treasure chest for disgruntled Jimmy Butler; Houston pushed all their poker chips to the table and offered 4 future first round picks for Butler. Minnesota reportedly responded with a “No thanks” and proceeded to get destroyed by the Minnesota Bucks.
Head coach and president of basketball operations, Tom Thibodeau, reportedly wants a player or players that can contribute immediately; Owner Glenn Taylor just wants Jimmy Butler off the team so everyone can move on from the drama. It doesn't take much to see the rift growing here.
Houston's offer of four first round ricks does include Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss, both of whom are injured with no set return date. While it's understandable to not want injured goods, continuing to hold onto an already disgruntled player isn't helping either. Minnesota most recently counter offered with Eric Gordon and picks, but that's a very hefty price to pay for Jimmy Butler, especially for what superstars have been traded for only a year ago. There are still rumblings of possible Miami interest again as well as Philadelphia, but it's hard to see how either team could make a stronger offer.
No matter what does happen with Jimmy Butler, it will be a franchise altering trade. There's obviously no clear direction for this team, especially with what's come from the mouth of owner Glenn Taylor and coach Tom Thibodeau. No one seems to know if the Wolves plan to tear everything down, retool slowly around KAT and wiggins, or try and stay competitive right now. As currently built the Wolves have no chance in the West, but we've also heard that Thibs isn't here to be on a rebuilding team either. At the end of the day, the clock is ticking louder each day and Minnesota has to make a choice soon before this entire season goes down the drain.