There’s an unspoken rule in the basketball world. When a team is getting close to trading a player, they’ll almost always hold them out of a game (if they have one) as talks ramp up. On Friday, the Minnesota Timberwolves, who recently were offered a deal including four first-round picks for Jimmy Butler from the Houston Rockets, face the Milwaukee Bucks.
And just hours ahead of the game, the Timberwolves added Jimmy Butler to the injury report as questionable for the game with an illness. Maybe Butler is indeed sick, but it seems a bit surprising that the news, which was reported by ESPN’s Malika Andrews, came just prior to 2 p.m. EST.
This isn’t to say that a trade will get done, even if the Timberwolves are deep into talks with the Rockets or another team. But there is some speculation about whether or not Butler is sick or on the verge of being dealt. Time will tell, but for now, we’ll have to play the waiting game until the team’s game tips off.
Source: Heavy Sports