Timberwolves Introduce Star Guard Jimmy Butler

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Another important factor that should not go unmentioned is that all this will be happening under the watchful eye of the experienced and award-winning head coach Tom Thibodeau, who has been reunited with Butler after coaching Chicago a couple of years ago.

"We're really good", Butler said. Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden repeatedly praised Butler's leadership and toughness, elements that are critical to Minnesota's need to drastically improve a defense that ranked among the league's worst last season. "When I checked it, I already had 37 missed calls", he says. Remember, Kevin Garnett played high school basketball on the West Side in Chicago before Timberwolves Vice President Kevin McHale and Flip Saunders drafted the high school star. "Obviously, you can't do the things that he's done without a lot of talent, but it's his drive and his intelligence". You put me and him together and we're both preaching and teaching greatness and the techniques of everything.

The Wolves look to keep making splashes in the off-season and it's going to be exciting to see what moves they make to make the team even better. This is a great fit for us, and it's a great fit for Jimmy as well.

Butler, 27, owns career averages of 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

"You can use him at any perimeter spot", Hoiberg said. When you have a person like that on your team, it's a given that the game is going to be changed and the league is going to be looking at us differently.

Maybe all three of the assets the Bulls got back for Butler turn into stars.

Jimmy Butler won't be afraid of the critics this season.

With Wiggins and Towns having quality seasons previous year for the club, a proven two-way star is exactly what they need to get on the path to the playoffs, and with the addition of Patton they now have a promising backup for Towns. Add in Butler's experience as a guy who's not only competed in the playoffs - a rare trait on the current Wolves' roster - but also won playoff games and series, and Jones said the addition of Butler was "major for our team".

This is the type of deal that can make the Timberwolves a playoff contender right now. "Wasn't good enough. We have to now reset what we're about".

"I know there's work to do, like always, " Markkanen said.



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