The latest report regarding the Minnesota Timberwolves drama is that All-NBA center Karl-Anthony Towns will not sign his contract extension until the team decides on the future of Jimmy Butler.
NBC Sports reports that Butler is set to meet with Timberwolves brass on Monday to discuss his future with the organization.
Butler was acquired by the Timberwolves last summer during the NBA Draft and suited up for 53 games to average just over 22 points per game in his first season.
Towns, however, has played three seasons in Minnesota and never missed a start. Towns is certainly the face of the franchise and the building block of what seems to be a bright future for the organization.
Dating back to this past NBA season, Butler and Towns have had a consistent rift. Being viewed as one of the better players coaches in the Association, head coach Tom Thibodeau will have his work cut out for him to mend the team’s chemistry.
Butler will become an unrestricted free agent next summer, with rumors surrounding Butler that he could potentially move back to the Eastern Conference.
It’s difficult to picture the organization choosing Butler over Towns, considering the age difference and overall talent/availability on the court, there for Butler could very possibly be packing his bags much sooner than most anticipated when the Wolves sent their high draft pick to the Bulls last summer.
Whatever the return could potentially be for Butler, the Wolves will likely find a trade partner that has the assets to help build around Towns and his fellow star, Andrew Wiggins.