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Does this sound like a guy even remotely interested in moving Butler, or doing what Taylor asks?
SAN ANTONIO — Throughout this entire Jimmy Butler saga in Minnesota, Tom Thibodeau has been resolute in his position.
It’s all overblown.
The All-Star and centerpoint of Thibodeau’s rebuilding process wanting out after one season in Minnesota?
“This isn’t the first time a player asked to be traded,” Thibodeau said on media day.
Butler’s continued public expression of annoyance and/or frustration with the development curve of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins?
“I’ve been around a long time. I don’t buy into any of that stuff,” Thibodeau said during an appearance at the State Fair. “You have to distinguish what’s real and what’s not real.”
Butler returning to practice last week for the first time in three weeks and barking at anyone and everyone in the gym, including his coach and GM Scott Layden?
“As far as talking in practice, I’ve been in the NBA for 100 years,” Thibodeau said this week. “When players scrimmage, they’re going to talk. … There were several guys talking. That’s not uncommon.”
Leaving practice to do a nationally televised interview with ESPN all in an effort to make keeping him on this roster as difficult as possible?
“In today’s world, it’s a different world,” Thibodeau said. “There’s all the social media. It’s the accessibility. I have no problems with a guy doing interviews.”
A disconnect between his desires and those of owner Glen Taylor, who wants to grant Butler’s trade request?
“Great, great,” Thibodeau said of his communication with Taylor through this process. “The one thing about Glen is we probably talk, he, Scott and I, probably three or four times a day. It’s been clear that we’re always going to try to do what’s best for our team.”
Thibodeau has an answer for every twist and every unexpected turn in the Butler saga, all aimed at delivering the message that the nervousness and concern that has hung in the air in the Twin Cities is all completely unnecessary. This happens all the time, Thibodeau has said. Every team deals with adversity at some point in the season, he maintains. Move along. Nothing to see here.