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Jimmy Butler has made it clear over the course of last season and even more so this past week that he wants no part of being a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Butler, who requested a trade earlier this week to either the Clippers, Knicks or Nets, is in limbo as the Timberwolves decide how they're going to proceed on his request. 


Given all of this sudden turmoil, everyone was waiting to see how the team was going to handle Butler's presence at the upcoming annual media day. 


Looks like we got our answer. 

Butler being excused from media day is probably the best move, but it will deprive the world of the awkward interviews and photo ops everyone was looking forward to. 


It's being reported that head coach Tom Thibodeau has no plans to trade Butler, at least not for the foreseeable future. We'll see how quickly that tune changes though.


It's one thing to skip media day and avoid that uncomfortable situation, but eventually, Butler is going to have to be in the same room as the rest of the team and that won't turn out well. Butler is the veteran, and I'm sure he won't have a problem handling himself in a professional manner, but it's the young guys he's beefing with who the Timberwolves should be worried about. 


Both ​Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins seem to be the emotionally immature ones in this situation judging from the outside looking in. They are also the two players the team is going to build their future around. So while it's not ideal for Jimmy to be around the team, it's not because of him at this point, it's because of the young guys who can't seem to handle having a problem with him. 


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