Amid Jimmy Butler trade saga, Lauri Markkanen looks back on Timberwolves drafting him

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The Timberwolves appear on the verge of implosion. Jimmy Butler requested a trade. Tom Thibodeau’s future in Minnesota is uncertain. Andrew Wiggins‘ brother is picking fights with Butler online. Karl-Anthony Towns has his own problems with Butler. (Not those problems, he says).

And Lauri Markkanen is reveling in the discord.

The Timberwolves traded the No. 7 pick, eventually used on Markkanen, to the Bulls as part of the package for Butler. And the promising forward wanted to make sure Minnesota remembered.


That is a sly grin.