Jimmy Butler expected to play Monday for Timberwolves vs. Clippers

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Jimmy Butler sat out the Timberwolves’ 30-point thrashing Sunday at the hands of the Trail Blazers due to “precautionary rest.”

Monday night, against the Los Angeles Clippers — one of the teams he reportedly would like to be traded to — he will be back, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

While the team and Butler himself have called it rest, there have been reports that sitting out to put pressure on the organization to trade him.

Butler returning doesn’t instantly make the Timberwolves dramatically better, or even good. Minnesota’s starting five with Butler — Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Taj Gibson, and Jeff Teague — is -13.2 points per 100 possession in limited run this season. Teague will be out for this Clippers matchup. Butler has played much better with Derrick Rose (questionable tonight), Anthony Tolliver and the second unit.

The Clippers are 5-4 on the season but have played better than their record indicates, outscoring teams by 5.5 points per 100 possessions and with an offense and defense both in the top 10 in the league so far.