Tom Thibodeau wants Jimmy Butler to remain with the Timberwolves.
The 29-year-old forward has requested a trade out of Minnesota and did not attend the team’s media day. But, Thibodeau met with Butler on Monday and tried to convince him to rejoin the team in the preseason, according to a report from ESPN.
Minnesota Timberwolves President/Coach Tom Thibodeau met with All-Star forward Jimmy Butler on Monday and tried to convince him to eventually rejoin the team in the preseason, league sources tell ESPN. Butler is sitting out, awaiting the organization to honor his trade request.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 25, 2018
Butler told Thibodeau – the Timberwolves coach and president – he still wanted to be moved and his position would not change, according to The Athletic.
Building off @wojespn tweet: sources say Jimmy Butler remained resolute during his talk with Thibs that his position would not change.
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) September 25, 2018
Butler, a four-time All-Star, was selected by the Bulls with the 30th pick in the 2011 draft. He spent the first six seasons of his career in Chicago before he was sent to the Timberwolves in June 2017.
Butler averaged 22.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 59 games with Minnesota last season. He can become an unrestricted free agent next summer if he declines his player option for 2019-20.
Thibodeau also coached Butler with the Bulls from 2011-15.