There’s no argument here. What’s the best season in sports? NHL postseason? Nope. NCAA Tournament? Nope. NFL postseason, MLB postseason? Nope. Hands down, it’s the NBA offseason and boy did it get even juicer with a week to go until the start of training camp.
So, Jimmy Butler had his little meeting with Tom Thibodeau and the result was that after one season playing with the Timberwolves he wants to get traded. Butler reportedly has three preferred landing spots in the Nets, Knicks and Clippers. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler’s number one choice is going to the Clippers.
Minnesota's Jimmy Butler is most determined to find a way to the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell ESPN. The appeal of partnering with a second star – the Clippers have two max contract slots available in summer free agency – is an intriguing scenario for him.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 20, 2018
No one should really be surprised. I mean, you had Butler calling out Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, questioning their work ethic. Not great to do that in public when you’re trying to be the leader of a young team. Sound familiar, Bulls fans?
Anyway, the on-court drama and locker room tension has now extended into Towns’ and Butler’s personal lives.
This is just a rumor and really I’m posting it because Towns has actually responded to it on Twitter.
So, here’s the rumor surrounding Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns’ ex-girlfriend.
“While some say he simply wants to be the MAN in a bigger market, internet detectives have another theory on why he wants out and his strained relationship with KAT. According to the theory Jimmy Butler slept with KAT’s girlfriend Kawahine Andrade. Around the time it supposedly took place in May, KAT mysteriously stopped posting her on IG and vice versa. The internet detectives came to this conclusion after this T-Wolves birthday post to Butler.”
AANNNNNNNND WERE OFF! pic.twitter.com/hysSWvFNfY
— Kevin 🤷🏾♂️ (@klew24) September 19, 2018
Here’s that Instagram post by the Timberwolves.
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Here’s the comment that was supposedly deleted.
Well that GF comment is still on their IG. pic.twitter.com/dS6c6HRwJI
— Marlena Myles (@ThisIsMarlena) September 19, 2018
Also, this reddit post from two weeks ago.
Posted this to reddit two weeks ago pic.twitter.com/vSFFLEGgzz
— T-Skolves (@tskolves) September 19, 2018
Towns did respond to the Black Sports Online article that first published the rumor.
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) September 20, 2018
His ex, Kawahine Andrade also posted this on her Instagram Story.
So, they both addressed it.
Finally, Darren Wolfson, a reporter in Minnesota, was asked about the rumor and he actually replied, saying there’s been chatter about it for 2-3 months.
Chatter has been out there for 2-3 months. Definitely not enough for me to run with. But I'm not surprised a gossip website did.
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) September 20, 2018
Looks like Dwyane Wade might have actually been serious with his threat against Butler earlier in the summer.
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If Vegas doesn’t put odds on whether Wade and Butler fight next season why do sports books even exist pic.twitter.com/N4EHqb6zGn
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) August 17, 2018
Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy.