By Ben Beecken
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau will reportedly meet with All-Star Jimmy Butler on Monday to discuss Butler’s future with the team.
In case you hadn’t heard, there is apparently some unhappiness running through the Minnesota Timberwolves organization.
If you somehow missed that Jimmy Butler was unhappy with Karl-Anthony Towns and questioned the want-to and effort of his young teammates, or that he turned down the Timberwolves’ initial maximum contract offer this summer, then let this be confirmation that all is not right in Wolves World.
The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski first reported that a sit-down between Butler, Butler’s agent, Tom Thibodeau, and general manager Scott Layden is scheduled for Monday.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski expanded on the story and added some of his own speculation. Here’s what Woj said, in part:
“Whatever needs to be communicated … will be,” one league source briefed on the meeting told ESPN.
The Butler-Towns tension is paramount, but it’s hardly the only organizational drama that’s threatening to undermine the franchise’s current structure. Owner Glen Taylor has significant concern with the broader franchise culture under Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden — so much so that Taylor considered changes in the offseason, league sources said. Taylor has privately second-guessed his decision to give Thibodeau full control of basketball operations as a part of hiring him as coach, league sources...