We have some rumblings coming out of Minnesota that could see Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau forced to choose between Jimmy Butler or Andrew Wiggins.

According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, Butler is “uncertain” about continuing to play with Wiggins because of “his work ethic and his approach on the defensive end of the floor.”
The situation with the Wolves’ other young star, Andrew Wiggins, is different. He signed a $146.5 million extension last summer, a deal that, at the time, team owner Glen Taylor told KSTP reporter Darren Wolfson would require extra work from Wiggins.

“He can’t be paid just for what he’s doing today,” Taylor said then. “He’s got to be better.”

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.
Wiggins' new five-year contract is set to start, making a trade almost impossible. With Butler looking for an extension as well, things could get interesting.


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