Report: Timberwolves’ Butler had problems with Wiggins’ work ethic

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) is congratulated by Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) after scoring on the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (Andy Clayton-King/AP)

Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio. Kyrie Irving won’t talk extension with the Boston Celtics. DeMarcus Cousins is unfollowing the New Orleans Pelicans’ social media accounts. LeBron James is likely taking his talents elsewhere.

The NBA’s off-season is only one week old and there’s already more drama than a whole season of The Young and the Restless.

The latest comes out of Minnesota, where Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler has reportedly taken issue with teammate and former first overall pick Andrew Wiggins, according to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News:

Sources familiar with the situation told Sporting News that Butler is uncertain about playing with Wiggins — Butler had problems last season with Wiggins, his work ethic and his approach on the defensive end of the floor.

Thibodeau has had similar problems with Wiggins in the past, too, and he had some hope that bringing a tough-minded veteran like Butler into the locker room would spur Wiggins to improve. It didn’t.

Butler, who was acquired from the Chicago Bulls on draft night last year in exchange for Zach LaVine and the 7th overall pick, is eligible for a contract extension this summer, and will be a free agent in the summer of 2019.

Wiggins signed a contract extension last year with the Timberwolves that will see him earn nearly $150 million over the next five years.


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