Owner: T-Wolves ‘wasted some time’ trying to persuade Jimmy Butler to stay
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor on Wednesday continued to express regret about how things played out with Jimmy Butler. What’s more, Taylor admitted it was a mistake to trade for the enigmatic star in the first place.
As far as how horribly things played out once Butler demanded a trade — about which Taylor says the organization harbored some skepticism — the T-Wolves owner believes the team “wasted some time” trying to convince the disgruntled guard to stay.
Taylor said Wednesday that head coach Tom Thibodeau “did everything under his power” to keep Butler on the team after the two met in Los Angeles in September and Butler made his trade request known.
It’s clear that Taylor feels burned by Butler, stating his opinion that the Timberwolves did the player a favor by acquiring him from the Chicago Bulls ahead of last season.
“To me, I thought we were helpful to him, because he said he wanted to get out of Chicago, so I thought we were helpful,” Taylor told the Pioneer Press. “We certainly gave Chicago some really good young players. [Butler] came here with expectations that he would help lead the team, not only with scoring, but with his experience that he would share with our young guys and we got behind that.”
Taylor clearly harbors some bitterness over the entire fiasco, which plunged the team into chaos throughout camp and into the season. The Timberwolves finally had enough after the team went 0-5 on a recent road trip and committed to a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers to ship Butler out of town. Taylor stated he was spending “too much of my time on things that were negative” and it was time to move forward.
Taylor earlier this week also bemoaned how Butler had an “agenda” and the T-Wolves “had to work around that.”
At this point the Timberwolves have no choice but to move on and put the Butler debacle in the past. Minnesota is now 2-0 since the trade, including Wednesday’s 107-100 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans with newcomers Robert Covington and Dario Saric playing meaningful minutes.