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Butler, Teague for missing tonight's game vs Jazz

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said after training today that swingman Jimmy Butler would miss the night's home game against Utah Jazz ( 8 ET, NBA League Pass ). The team and Butler said the absence was due to "general tenderness and prudence", but Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic report otherwise. According to Charania and Krawczynski, Butler chose to sit outside tonight ] and this could lead to an extended absence from the arrangement. Here's more from Krawczynski: Jimmy Butler does not play in the Timberwolves game on Wednesday night against Utah, the last step in a six week distance between the dissatisfied star and the team that has not yet wanted to be traded, league sources told The Athletic . Butler showed up to the team's shootaround on Wednesday morning, but did not participate, sources said. After the session was over he had a brief conversation with coach and president Tom Thibodeau about his decision and rejected interview requests. Thibodeau said he would be "precautionary and general sore". But the timber wolves had Tuesday and also have a day off on Thursday before starting a West Coast trip. Thibodeau denied that the absence was related to the trade inquiry that has swept this team since before the training camp started. "He missed all the training camp, basically so he's generally hurtful," said Thibodeau. Tom Thibodeau explains why Jimmy Butler does not play against the jazz. But ESPN's Rachel Nichols spoke to Butler, who "strongly drove back on…

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said after training today that swingman Jimmy Butler would miss the night’s home game against Utah Jazz ( 8 ET, NBA League Pass ). The team and Butler said the absence was due to “general tenderness and prudence”, but Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic report otherwise.

According to Charania and Krawczynski, Butler chose to sit outside tonight ] and this could lead to an extended absence from the arrangement. Here’s more from Krawczynski:

Jimmy Butler does not play in the Timberwolves game on Wednesday night against Utah, the last step in a six week distance between the dissatisfied star and the team that has not yet wanted to be traded, league sources told The Athletic .

Butler showed up to the team’s shootaround on Wednesday morning, but did not participate, sources said. After the session was over he had a brief conversation with coach and president Tom Thibodeau about his decision and rejected interview requests.

Thibodeau said he would be “precautionary and general sore“. But the timber wolves had Tuesday and also have a day off on Thursday before starting a West Coast trip. Thibodeau denied that the absence was related to the trade inquiry that has swept this team since before the training camp started.

“He missed all the training camp, basically so he’s generally hurtful,” said Thibodeau.

Tom Thibodeau explains why Jimmy Butler does not play against the jazz.

But ESPN’s Rachel Nichols spoke to Butler, who “strongly drove back on the idea that he is sitting out tonight as a protest.” Butler told her that he plans to be in the arena for tonight’s game.

Per ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski Butler has also expressed interest in accompanying the team on his journey to meet Golden State Warriors on Friday ( 10:30 ET, ESPN ). Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers remain among the teams interested in commerce for Butler, but it is a belief that Wojnarowski writes that Thibodeau is not ready to seriously negotiate a trade.

Thibodeau discussed with Butler and the team’s medical staff his absence for Wednesday’s game. Butler has said that he plans to play against warriors on Friday night, telling sources of ESPN.

Butler and his representative continue to express frustration in what they think is Minnesota’s inactivity to honor his trade inquiry, and they have been pushing the owner Glen Taylor to speed up the process, sources said.

ESPN’s Rachel Nichols confirmed the Wojnarowski report

Butler’s name has been in trade rumors since the start of the training camp. After tonight’s match vs Utah, the Wolves have a five-way road trip forward and Thibodeau would not say that Butler would be on the next trip.

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