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Jimmy Butler ‘not worried about’ future amid trade impasse

Jimmy Butler insists he’s not dwelling upon the absence of any tangible progress over the past month related to his trade demand. Instead, the Minnesota Timberwolves star is taking things day by day and is undecided upon whether or not he’ll continue sitting out games amid the stalemate, beginning with a road game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

Butler was in no mood to discuss the trade impasse after scoring 20 points in Monday’s 120-109 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Given the Clippers have been tabbed as a potential landing spot for Butler in free agency after the season, it’s hardly surprising the local media asked him about the situation.

“No, I’m in Minnesota for the time being,” Butler said, via ESPN. “I’ll enjoy the sunshine for a couple days, and then if we go back there, we go back there.”

In lieu of how his trade demand has laid the groundwork for an untenable situation in Minnesota, Butler claims it has not impacted him on the court.

“I just hoop,” Butler said. “I play basketball. I go out there, and I try to win home or away. I think that’s my job. I’m not worried about nothing — none of that. You [reporters] continue to ask those questions, but it’s not going to change how I go about the game. It’s not going to change how I interact with guys in this locker room. We’ll be just fine.”

Butler has played in eight of the Timberwolves’ 11 games, citing rest and recovery as the reasons behind missing those three games, in which Minnesota was 1-2. When on the court, though, Butler is playing well, averaging 22.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 34.6 minutes for the 4-7 T-Wolves.

There are certainly teams interested in acquiring Butler, a top-20 player in the league. That said, the Timberwolves have been dragging their feet, reports suggest, and their asking price for their disgruntled star is said to be too high. If Butler hopes to force Minnesota’s hand by continuing to sit out games, perhaps a resolution will come sooner rather than later.