Andrew Wiggins insists he and Jimmy Butler have ‘always been cool’
Minnesota Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins on Wednesday attempted to downplay a purported rift between himself and disgruntled teammate Jimmy Butler, insisting the two have “always been cool” despite rumors he’s part of the reason behind Butler’s trade demand.
“We’ve always been cool,” Wiggins said Wednesday, via Sportsnet’s Michael Grange. “Even after all that stuff happened this summer, from what people made it seem like, nothing happened. We always cool. Even the first time I seen him during training camp and we talked, there was never no problem.”
Wiggins’ comments echo what he had to say ahead of Butler’s now-infamous return to the team during a contentious practice where the disgruntled star berated teammates, coaches and management. It’s interesting that Wiggins seems to hold the same opinion following that surreal scene.
As noted, Wiggins is believed to be a major player in the saga due to Butler’s purported unhappiness with him and Karl-Anthony Towns. Further, Wiggins’ own brother previously caused some waves on social media by celebrating Butler’s trade demand.
It appears Butler will remain with the team at least for the foreseeable future, and he has made good on his vow to be a team player so long as he remains with the Timberwolves (2-2). Appearing in three games while sitting out one, Butler has been a vocal and supportive leader, averaging 25.3 points, 3.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds in 34.7 minutes of action.
While everything appears fine, if uneasy, one has to wonder how long the T-Wolves can continue publicly putting a positive spin on the situation before it become untenable, though.
Back on the court, Wiggins will be a game-time decision for Wednesday night’s tilt against the Raptors in his native Toronto. Odds are Wiggins, who suffered a quad injury in only eight minutes action in Monday’s win over the Indiana Pacers, will do everything in his power to play in front of his hometown fans.