The four-time All-Star will be on the court facing off against the Spurs with his Timberwolves teammates on Wednesday, no matter the awkwardness and tension that might be lingering.
According to multiple reports, Butler and Wolves owner Glen Taylor reached an an agreement that boils down to the Wolves continuing to seek a trade for Butler and Butler agreeing to play up to par.
Taylor confirmed as much in an interview with the Star Tribune on Tuesday.
“The latest is he is going to be going to practice every day, which he has been, and plans to play in games,” said Taylor, who also owns the Star Tribune. “He will be a regular team player. What I said to him in the meantime is our GM, Scott Layden, will be talking to other teams to see if there is a trade that works.”
When asked if he believes Butler will give 100 percent, Taylor said there is no question. He added that Butler will be ready for the season opener Wednesday at San Antonio and the home opener against Cleveland on Friday.
Taylor said that as far as he can tell, there is no chance Butler will remain with the Wolves beyond this season.
“That is not part of the plan, but as you know, things can change,” Taylor said. “But that is not what we have agreed to.”
As for the future of Thibodeau, Taylor told the newspaper that the coach’s job is safe. Taylor credited Thibodeau for trying to help mend the rift between Butler and the Wolves and says he still has “faith” in Thibodeau’s ability to do the job.
What a sh*t show.