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The NBA season hasn't even started yet and we're already knee-deep in team drama. 


It all started earlier this week when Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler demanded a trade and Andrew Wiggins' brother sounded off about it. Wiggins, himself, and Stephen Jackson then got involved, leading to more off-the-court beef.


But now it's more than just one teammate that appears to be disgruntled with the way that Butler handles himself, and perhaps the most important one. 

Karl Anthony-Towns reportedly told the team that he "can’t coexist with Jimmy" and to "do something about it." He felt like Butler and head coach Tom Thibodeau had been ganging up on him. 


This has now become a dangerous situation for Minnesota. If they botch this completely, they run the risk of losing both Towns and Butler. 


It appears as if they're going to have to choose between one or the other -- going with the younger and more talented player (who's not demanding a trade) seems like the better move. Towns is only 22, while Butler is 29 and played only 59 games last season. 


The Timberwolves are coming off their first playoff appearance since 2003, and there was a sense of optimism with the amount of talent they were bringing back this season. They barely made the playoffs with Butler so they might not have enough to make it without him in 2018. 

The odds agree and these are with Butler still technically on the team. They're the first team out of the playoffs, according to the odds, and getting them at -125 might wind up being a steal if Butler is gone before opening night. 


Reportedly, the Timberwolves aren't fielding calls for a trade right now, but the chemistry in that locker room has to be a mess even if the roster stays the same. 


Minnesota just needs to do the right thing at this point and prioritize their younger star, even at the risk of missing the playoffs again in 2018. 


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