The Minnesota Timberwolves team could look completely different this time next year as several players are currently on the cusp of the end of their current deals with the franchise.
One of these players is point guard Jimmy Butler, who has only been with the team for a year but is considered a key part of any future success the team has.
However, he very well could be on his way out. He can become a free agent next summer and with reports of unrest with teammates Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, this might be his last season with Minnesota.
According to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, Tom Thibodeau, the head coach of the Timberwolves, isn't concerned since he believes the team will be able to convince him to stay with what they produce on the court.
He said: “The winning will take care of (Butler leaving)," while he also disagreed that there were any problems with the culture and unity of the team despite the rumours making their rounds.
Thibodeau added: “I’ve been around a long time; I don’t buy into any of that stuff,” Thibodeau said. “You have to distinguish what’s real and what’s not real.
"You never heard any of that come from Jimmy’s mouth. It’s always a source close to Jimmy. If Jimmy has something to say to someone, he usually says it directly…
“The biggest thing is chemistry on the floor and winning. How efficient they are tells you there’s strong chemistry on the floor.”
Butler could be one of the most sought-after free agents next summer, especially if his fellow point guard in Kyrie Irving decides to stay put at the Boston Celtics.
If Irving stays in Boston, Butler could be the best point guard on the market, and teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks could go all out in trying to sign him to their franchise.
Minnesota could once again be one of the surprise packages next season in the Western Conference, especially with the new arrivals on other teams this summer.
However, this could be a make or break season for them as well in terms of trying to retain Butler.
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