The Timberwolves Are Holding (Stupidly?) Strong On The Jimmy Butler Front, Despite Being Offered 4 First Round Picks By The Rockets
I understand that four first round picks sounds like a much better haul than it actually is. I understand that the Houston Rockets, with the addition of Jimmy Butler, would be built to push those picks well into the later stages of each respective draft. I understand that the resulting powder keg of personalities would have to explode in a way that you'd only expect from a middling team like, well, the Timberwolves for the Rockets to implode in a way that gave the Timberwolves a shot at anything close to a can't-miss prospect in return for a top 15 player in the NBA. I understand that two contracts that belong to injured players don't exactly act as a short squeeze of lemon in sweetening the deal.
What I don't understand is why Minnesota's front office thinks they are gaining leverage on the rest of the league by holding on to a pissed off player whose presence, in large part due to Karl-Anthony Towns having the compete level of the cowardly lion, is forcing the franchise player for the foreseeable future to backpedal the wrong way down the yellow brick road.
It's not really a secret why Tom Thibodeau is overvaluing Jimmy Butler. In an alternate universe in which mirrors display a man's psychotically competitive spirit as opposed to his oversized schnoz, his reflection basically is that of Jimmy Butler. Still, assuming that the brain of their 22 year old, endlessly talented 7-footer is something they don't want broken, I can't see how this current situation helps them long-term.
If I can't see it, surely neither can any GM, most notably those they are negotiating with (Pat Riley, Daryl Morey), throughout a league in which getting equal value for a star player in a trade is next to impossible. Much like every person tasked with running the Timberwolves' organization, I have no idea what direction they are trying to head in while moving on from Jimmy Butler. That said, I'd probably choose a path pretty damn quickly, if only to do some damage control by removing the dude that appears to have already crumbled the confidence of their cornerstone.