Minnesota Timberwolves, can I be honest for a second? You are playing too much to type right now. After yesterday’s insanity, which ended up being an orchestrated PR move by Jimmy Butler and his agent, who have decided 4-D Chess is the way to go in the NBA, you sat around all day doing nothing. The path forward seemed clear. It was time to trade Jimmy Butler and fire Tom Thibodeau for allowing the Wolves to be put in such a difficult place.
Even practice was canceled. Something had to be up. Practice was canceled because you had to travel to Wisconsin? I don’t think so.
The All-Star who wants out just caused a scene in practice and then aired his grievances nationally. And the Timberwolves call off practice and have no availability to address it, to downplay it, to say anything at all.— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) October 11, 2018
It seemed hard to believe that another twist could come. We have already reached burning dumpster fire status. The memes have become solidified, the Wolves were once again to become the laughingstock of the NBA. We were ready for this. But now, now you have decided to add in another chapter? That’s a bridge too far for even for Wolves fans.
Enter the player’s only meeting.
Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler called a players-only meeting today, airing his feelings toward situation and management, per league sources. Butler expressed to players he would compete with them, as signs pointing to him staying with the franchise into the regular season.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 11, 2018
Maybe it was Andrew Wiggins dapping him at the end of the now-famous practice where Jimmy Butler took a bunch of third-stringers and beat the starters. The tweets don’t get as many clicks if you talk about how the scrimmages were only six-minutes long and anyone who has played pick-up with a crazy person who is trying to injure everyone knows how much fun that can be.
Maybe Karl-Anthony Towns has been reading social media all morning about how he can show how tough he really is by socking Jimmy if he mouths off at him again and wants to run it back so he can give it a go.
Whatever is going on, this is not going to end well. All indications point to these bridges being fully burnt and the Wolves are just doing an incredible effort to ensure that Towns requests a trade as soon as possible.
Who is going to save us from this mess?
What we have are the 5 scariest words a Wolves fan can utter:— Punch-Drunk Wolves (@PDWolves) October 11, 2018
Glen needs to get involved. https://t.co/WWxhrYAtCI
We are so screwed.
Did the players meeting even happened? In his first tweet in months, Jeff Teague casts doubt.
@ShamsCharania it wasn’t no players meeting you just made that up bro y’all gotta relax with this fake news— Jeff Teague (@Teague0) October 11, 2018
Buttttt, Jimmy says it happened. So now the question is, who did Jimmy have the meeting with? Only the players he considers his teammates? Was it just Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, and Luol Deng discussing the fact that Joakim may be free to join them soon?
Jimmy Butler confirmed to @Rachel__Nichols that he held a players-only meeting with Timberwolves players on Thursday, a day after he reported to the team for his first practice. pic.twitter.com/I90SyC1LdL— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) October 11, 2018
Are the Wolves the dumbest team alive? Most certainly. More things likely to come today.