Coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters at the morning shootaround that Butler’s absence was not related to his trade request .
"He missed all of training camp, basically, so he has just general soreness," Thibodeau said.
Butler told ESPN he planned to attend the game against the Jazz at the Target Center and travel with the team on its five-game road trip that begins Friday at Golden State. Butler told the network he would play against the Warriors and disputed speculation that he was sitting out Wednesday in protest of the lack of action by the Wolves on his desire to be dealt elsewhere.
"Because my body is hurting and I don’t want to go out there and risk an injury, people make stuff up?" Butler said.
Butler scored 32 points in 37 minutes in Minnesota’s win Monday against the Los Angeles Lakers , including all five of his 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter. Players didn’t practice Tuesday, however, which made the need to sideline the four-time All-Star shooting guard Wednesday peculiar. Butler did not travel with the team to Dallas for the Oct. 20 game, but that planned absence from a defeat by the Mavericks came after he played the night before in the home opener.
The Wolves also ruled point guard Jeff Teague out Wednesday with a sore left knee. He bruised it during the game against the Lakers when he banged it against LeBron James’ knee. Thibodeau said Teague had precautionary X-rays taken after reporting soreness and swelling.
He also said small forward Andrew Wiggins "should be ready" to play Wednesday after missing three straight games with a strained right quadriceps.
The absences of Butler and Wiggins from their spots on the wing have allowed rookie Josh Okogie to see extended playing time. Okogie, the first-round draft pick out of Georgia Tech, went 6-for-17 against the Lakers for a career-best 17 points.
There are conflicting reports on how the entire exchange went down. According to ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves suggested Butler rest Wednesday night, but expect him to be back for the teams next game.
Jazz vs. Timberwolves – Game Recap – November 1, 2018
"It’s going to be tough, but we’ve got that next-man-up mentality," power forward Taj Gibson said. "So far Josh has been a great surprise for us."
The REAL reason Minnesota Timberwolves will NOT trade Jimmy Butler to the Houston Rockets
MINNEAPOLIS — As the final buzzer sounded and his teammates swarmed him on the court, Derrick Rose couldnt help but fight back tears.
Roses emotions were on full display moments after he scored a career-high 50 points in a vintage performance that lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Utah Jazz 128-125 on Wednesday.
Jimmy Butler rested by Minnesota Timberwolves amid trade request
“It still didnt even hit me yet,” he said. “Words cant explain how I feel right now. Its been a while.”
Derailed by injuries for years, Rose walked off serenaded by chants of “MVP! MVP!” from the home crowd. The 30-year-old point guard shot 19 of 31 from the field and hit four 3-pointers. He played 41 minutes, his most in nearly two years.
“He has courage, he has humility and he has character,” said Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who also coached Rose during his prime seasons in Chicago. “Hes been through a lot of adversity. Hes maybe one of the most mentally tough people Ive ever come across.”
Jimmy Butler Ready To Miss Games To Help Expedite Trade
Rose had 34 points in the second half and 15 in a tightly contested fourth quarter as the Wolves held off the Jazz, who waived Rose in February after a two-day stint.
Bet on Jazz defense to suffocate Timberwolves
His basket down low with 30 seconds remaining put Minnesota up for good, and he made two free throws with 13.8 seconds left to make it a three-point lead.
“He made a lot of plays, made some tough shots,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We had some breakdowns, a little bit of everything.”
Jae Crowder and Joe Ingles each missed a 3-pointer that could have tied it for Utah. Rose then blocked a 3-point try by Dante Exum with 2.7 seconds to go, and the Timberwolves grabbed the loose ball to seal it.
Charania notes that Butler started contemplating not playing tonight on Tuesday, and the final decision was made Wednesday morning, when he informed coach Tom Thibodeau of his decision. That said, the Wolves are explaining Butlers absence for tonights game as “general soreness and precautionary rest.”
One of his biggest shots was a corner 3 that tied the game at 119. That gave him 44 points, which matched his previous high set during the 2011 playoffs with the Bulls. His regular-season best had been 42 points.
Its anybodys guess if Butler will be available to play when the Timberwolves five-game road trip begins on Friday, but ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski reports, “there’s an expectation” that he will join the team on their flight to the Bay Area.
Rose tied it at 110 with one of his patented layups, giving him 41 points. He weaved through traffic and made the off-balance shot, showing glimpses of the moves that once made him an elite player and the top pick in the 2008 draft.
The Houston Rockets recently made an offer for Butler that included four first-round picks but, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews, league sources suggest that any potential offer from Houston must also include shooting guard Eric Gordon.
“He was feeling great and when you start feeling great you get some extra energy, you get some extra adrenaline and you make amazing plays and thats what he did the whole game,” Utah centre Rudy Gobert said.
Jimmy Butler Steps Up His Efforts To Get The Hell Out Of Minnesota [Update]
Making his first start of the season, Rose scored 19 points in the third quarter as the Timberwolves took a five-point lead into the fourth. Karl-Anthony Towns added nine of his 28 points in the period.
Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points and Gobert added 22 for Utah. Crowder provided 18 points off the bench.
Game #8: Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
Mitchell did not play in the final 4:22 because of right hamstring tightness and will be re-evaluated Thursday.
Timberwolves Jimmy Butler will not play Wednesday
The Wolves put the Jazz on the free throw line plenty in the fourth quarter. After 11 attempts through three periods, Utah was 13 of 19 from the line in the fourth.
Minnesota played without All-Star Jimmy Butler, as well as point guards Jeff Teague and Tyus Jones. Butler sat out with what the team described as “general soreness.”
Butler, who has been the main story line in Minnesota for much of the early season due to his trade request, reportedly plans to play Friday at Golden State.
The Weekly Run: Another star player — this time its Jimmy Butler — will sit out against the Jazz tonight in Minnesota
The Timberwolves got Andrew Wiggins back after he missed three games with a quadriceps injury. Wiggins had missed just one total game in his first four seasons before his recent setback. He scored 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting.
Wolves Jimmy Butler will sit against Jazz, could lead to extended absence
Jazz: G Alec Burks (left hand sprain) did not play. Burks also did not play Sunday at Dallas. … Utah is 4-1 on the road this season and 0-2 at home. … Gobert had his third straight game with 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds.
Timberwolves: Thibodeau said Teague underwent an MRI but was awaiting more tests. Teague is day-to-day. … Jones was a late scratch with right foot soreness he experienced during warmups. … The Wolves debuted their “Classic Edition” jerseys, a throwback to the uniforms the team wore from 1996-2008.
Butler has averaged 22.5 points per game in his first six appearances with Minnesota 3-4 after seven games.