There is currently a lot of smoke coming from the Timberwolves camp. Weeks of rumors finally led to Shams Charania proclaiming that there will be a “last-ditch” meeting between Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau to see if the relationship can be repaired. That seems ominous.
Meanwhile, young franchise cornerstone Karl-Anthony Towns reportedly won’t sign what could be a $190M contract extension until the situation is resolved. Allow me to type that again for emphasis: Karl-Anthony Towns won’t sign a $190M extension until the situation is resolved.
Sounds like there might be a fire.
So how bad are things? Is this merely a small story that has grown large in the fallow September news cycle? If a Butler/Minnesota divorce is inevitable, what happens next? What’s an appropriate return in a potential trade? How did things go so wrong in the first place?
To help answer these questions, Tim Faklis (@timfaklis) joins the latest episode of Fastbreak Breakfast. Faklis is a writer for A Wolf Among Wolves and a contributor for The Athletic, and might describe himself as a long-suffering Timberwolves fan. In addition to forecasting what he thinks will happen, the following topics are addressed:
- If Butler sticks around, how can the team improve from last year?
- Does anyone know if Luol Deng can actually still play basketball?
- Does he trust Thibodeau to find playing time for Tyus Jones or newcomers James Nunnally, Keita Bates-Diop and Josh Okogie?
- Is this all a misunderstanding about Fortnite?
Original music provided by New Man.
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