It's taken one full year for what appeared to be a total fleece of a trade by the Minnesota Timberwolves to blow up in their face. Jimmy Butler wants out and he wants out now. The sports world has known this was coming, but it looks like Minnesota just didn't want to acknowledge the obvious. Who can we blame for this entire disaster?
The blame has to start at the top and up there is head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau. It was Thibodeau who pulled the trigger on the Jimmy Butler trade and yes, it looked like a total steal at the time, it's turned into a disaster. Thibodeau has also spent the past year rebuilding his Chicago Bulls squad, which seems more for the worse than better. It was head coach Thibodeau who thought the ever hard working and no excuse Butler would somehow mesh with young stars Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns. Most of the blame has to rest on his shoulders.
Jimmy Butler is the literal human form of “my way or the highway.” He's been that way since landing in Chicago 7 years ago and obviously continues to be that way to this date. I'm not knocking him for his work effort, it's off the charts, the problem lies in the fact he expects the same amount of hustle from everyone around him. Anything less than 100000% is frowned upon by him and Butler makes that openly known. Jimmy Butler's hard head ways obviously don't mesh with Wiggins or Towns.
Karl Anthony Towns hates Jimmy Butler so much that he won't even sign his massive rookie extension until Butlers out of town. Towns has needed a push to fully achieve what he can become on the court, apparently though the way Butler went about it bothered him to no end. Apparently KAT forget that the Timberwolves weren't a playoff team until Butler came, unless he steps up, they'll probably be a bottom dweller again without him.
Take everything I said about KAT and apply it to Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins needed an example of what it would take for him to reach his peak, but instead he has clearly regressed since Butler entered the picture. Andrew has yet to hit his peak and entering his 5th year in the league, it's looking even more bleak.
At the end of the day, there's enough blame for nearly everyone to have. This entire attempt at making a square peg fit into a circle hole has turned into a disaster.