Report: Timberwolves told Jimmy Butler to rest tonight, expect him to travel with team on road trip

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Jimmy Butler is reportedly holding out from the Timberwolves, beginning with their home game against the Jazz tonight.

Here’s Minnesota trying to regain a facade of control.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

No matter what Butler does, Minnesota’s asking price for him remains high. And that’s understandable. Butler is quite valuable on the court.

But the Timberwolves’ attempts to maintain leverage have mostly fallen flat. Everyone knows Butler wants out and can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Claiming it was their idea to rest Butler rings hallow. It will completely fall apart if he doesn’t travel with the team to play the Warriors.

Minnesota’s biggest – and most risky – leverage is suspending Butler for failing to report. If he holds out for more than 30 days, he won’t accrue a year of service and can’t become a free agent. The Timberwolves would hold his rights in perpetuity. But until they take that extreme measure, it’s hard to see these claims of team-suggested rest moving the needle.