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Jimmy Butler chartered flight for Tyus Jones to see brother’s Duke debut

Jimmy Butler may be on his way out of Minnesota — eventually — but that did not stop the disgruntled superstar from making a generous gesture to one of his Timberwolves teammates.

T-Wolves point guard Tyus Jones wanted to catch his brother, Tre, make his debut with the Duke Blue Devils against the Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday night.

The problem was that the elder Jones brother was having difficulty arranging a flight from the West Coast — where the Wolves were spending a day off ahead of taking on the Lakers Wednesday night — to Indianapolis, Ind., where Duke was facing Kentucky at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

That’s when Butler stepped in to arrange a chartered flight for he and Jones to make the trip, per The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski

It turned out that Butler could not make it to the game, so he allowed Jones to fly solo to the game.

“That’s my guy,” Tyus said of Butler on ESPN at the game, via Yahoo. “Very selfless. He was actually supposed to be here, but something came up. He told me to go anyways.”

Jones of course also counts himself as a Duke alum, so it must have been incredibly enjoyable to watch the Blue Devils throttle the Wildcats by a score of 118-84 in a game his little brother scored six points and added seven assists and four rebounds.

“It’s crazy,” Tyus said on ESPN. “I’m used to having the Duke jersey on. So to see Tre out there with the Duke jersey on, that’s special.”

There has been no shortage of drama, uncertainty and awkwardness in the fallout of Butler’s trade request and the saga that has since ensued. But there’s no question Butler did a solid for his teammate on this occasion.