Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Jimmy Butler has been given permission to skip media day and will be unavailable for on-court activities at the start of training camp, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski.
All-Star Jimmy Butler has been granted permission to not participate in Minnesota Timberwolves‘ media day on Monday, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 22, 2018
The Timberwolves have also been made aware that Jimmy Butler will not be available for on-court activities at the outset of training camp, sources tell @TheAthleticMIN
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) September 22, 2018
The decision comes as no surprise on the heels of the all-star requesting a trade from the Wolves and naming the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers as his preferred destinations.
Butler was acquired by the Wolves just a season ago from the Chicago Bulls, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and two steals per game for the 2017-18 season.