OAKLAND, Calif. – Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler says it will be back to back this week.
Butler, who has come for a trade from the Timberwolves, sat out Wednesday's game because of general soreness and made it clear that he might decide to sit back in one of the team's next two games, as well. The Timberwolves play at the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night at the LA Clippers on Monday night.
Derrick Rose says that while he was not sure his body would allow him to keep playing after multiple knee surgeries, there was never a point where he was considered retiring.
"I let them know," Butler said after Friday's 116-99 loss to the Golden State Warriors. I do not know how to do it, I do not know how to do it tomorrow. "Obviously, I got to do some treatment along with a lot of other guys. But we'll see Sunday and Monday gets here."
Butler's name has swirled around trade talks for weeks, but Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau has not been able to find a deal to his liking. Butler, who missed on Oct. 20 game against the Dallas Mavericks for precautionary rest.
"I'm not worried about a deal," Butler said. "Injury or not, I got to take care of myself." I realize you have a job to do as an organization and I do not want to hurt you, I've been hurting every year now, so we're going to take things with caution. "
Butler said he would "see how his body feels" before making a decision.
"If all of this talk is not going on and I'm sat out because my body was sore, you would not be asking me things like that," Butler said.
Butler scored 21 points in 35 minutes in Friday's Loss, but the issues regarding his future continue to hover over everything the Timberwolves do.
Butler chafed during a back-and-forth when a reporter acknowledged that he was injured. The difference for Butler is public, and he has made a career out of trying to play through injuries; sitting out games for precautionary rest or soreness is a sharp contrast from what he has done in the past.
"I know it's true," Butler said when the reporter acknowledged the trade demand was factored into his injury status. If I'm going to sit out or not. If I'm going to sit out, you probably will not talk to me on the day and you can create a story around it with a lot of made-up stuff like ya'll normally do. "