It hasn't been all peaches and cream in Minnesota, especially since they started slowly morphing into the Timber-Bulls.
It was reported last week that Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau are meeting this week to discuss Butler's ultimate future with the team. Butler turned down a max extension with the Timberwolves earlier this summer. That is when the rumblings began about Butler not being in Minnesota long-term. It didn't help those reports coincided with the ones about Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving's potential desire to team up in New York with the Knicks.
The rift in the locker room, from what we know, seems to be between Butler (along with Thibodeau) and the younger stars, Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Thibodeau is an old-school hard-nosed coach who can rub players the wrong way at times, especially young players.
The meeting with Butler has a lot more than just his future on the line, apparently, Thibodeau himself is on thin ice as well.
The focus has largely been on the drama surrounding Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns, but @wojespn says Glen Taylor is getting sick of Tom Thibodeau. https://t.co/kOyomPb81S pic.twitter.com/3s4CAuRkTv— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) September 15, 2018
With so much riding on this meeting, it's understandable that Towns would be hesitant to lock himself into the next four-plus years of his life for a place he might ultimately no longer enjoy.
All that can be done right now is wait and see what happens coming out of this meeting with Butler and Thibodeau. It might have the most riding on any player-coach sitdown since Pat Riley sat down with the big three in Miami prior to them all signing in 2010.
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