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.