Jimmy Butler actually taking calls

Friday, 30 Jun, 2017

These young guys are really, really, really talented.

"I'm just here trying to do the best I can. But as long as these kids can play hard and compete our fans will appreciate them, and we'll get better". He then listed his phone number off for the assembled press, who would quickly share the information with Twitter at large. 773-899-6071. So if you want an interview, there you have it.

Butler's voicemail greeting even encourages those with "any beef" to "definitely leave a message". "But over these last four or five days, we sat and talked and are really happy about the direction we're about to head down", Paxson said.

Somebody has got to take the blame. I'm OK with it.

"Everybody's entitled to their opinion", he said. "Whoever has anything to say to me, feel free", he said.

Perhaps, following what is presumably an expected deluge of calls and texts from random stranger, Butler will regret this strategy. The number wasn't to his personal phone, however, sources told ESPN's Michele Steele. The team hasn't gone to the playoffs in over a decade and many believe that Butler can be the missing piece. 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.

Butler was asked about the rumors surrounding him and his discontent with the Chicago Bulls.

"You can't do the things hes done without a lot of talent", Thibodeau added. He's never lost that. This is a great fit for us, and it's a great fit for Jimmy as well. Jackson is a great two-way player with plenty of upside. "When I checked it, I already had 37 missed calls", he says.

"Obviously this is a big day for us, a great addition to our team".

All strengths he showed at Arizona, where he played in 37 games last season, averaging 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 42 percent from beyond the three-point line. In 2017-18 the Timberwolves will return to the National Basketball Association living. I was talking to Pax, who knew him since before I was born. "I mean, this is what dynasties are made of". The right move could put them into contention for home-court advantage in the Western Conference. "We're not looking backwards".

Butler's reaction: "I just want to help win".

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

What Butler also hopes to change is the perception that the Timberwolves aren't a premier destination for free agents.

"It's not frustrating, Butler said. But like I said, if that subject is ever broached by them, it would have to be advantageous for us". I thought this would lead the team to try to deal IT4, and get their long-term point man from this loaded draft class. But with that being said, I've got my phone in my back pocket. "Maybe other people around the league notice it, but all we try to do is come in here, get better and improve on previous year".