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The line of excoriation started to the right.

No luau pig was roasted as thoroughly as the Bulls were on Draft night 2017, after they traded Jimmy Butler and the 16th pick overall to the Timberwolves for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the 7th pick overall in the first round. The conventional wisdom was that Minnesota was not only getting the best player in the deal, but the Bulls weren’t getting anyone of significance in return. Meanwhile, the Wolves were putting together a contender in the rugged West, with Butler joining Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins to form a potential triple-headed hydra that could be as good as anyone’s outside of Oakland.

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Over the course of his career, LeBron James hasn’t had very much patience for the development of youth around him, which makes sense, given the expectations that come with his presence on any team. His first year with the Los Angeles Lakers is going to be different, though, and he acknowledges this as a different type of challenge, but one he doesn’t have to undertake alone.

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Even in doing the right thing, the Timberwolves find a way to mess it up.

When Jimmy Butler told the Minnesota Timberwolves he would leave in free agency in a year, and requested a trade in the process, I wrote that the team should absolutely deal him and lock up Karl-Anthony Towns. This is precisely what Minnesota is doing now: Towns inked a max rookie extension over the weekend, and the Wolves are attempting to trade Butler before training camp officially begins on Tuesday. The Timberwolves are doing exactly what they should be doing.

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Lakers sophomore Kyle Kuzma is coming off of a promising rookie campaign, but some still doubt how good he can be. Magic Johnson says Kuzma is focused on proving them wrong.

Even after a season’s worth of headlines and effusive praise, Kyle Kuzma is still somehow a wildcard. With players who come out of nowhere like he did in his first year with the Los Angeles Lakers, there’s a wait-and-see attitude to find out whether the clock will strike midnight on a Cinderella story, or if this is the new reality. If you go by the noise surrounding Kuzma’s offseason, it’s definitely closer to the latter.

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Minnesota views Butler as a franchise player. He might be, but they still need to trade him.

The Timberwolves are currently not interested in trading Jimmy Butler. Instead, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, they’re shooting down all teams reaching out about a deal for the All-Star forward, telling them he is a franchise player they intend to keep.

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The Timberwolves have lots of ways they can address Butler’s angst with the franchise. They cannot take these two paths.

Jimmy Butler will reportedly meet with Timberwolves management on Monday. The fate of the franchise hangs in the balance. No pressure.

Per The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the meeting is intended to get all of Butler’s cards on the table with Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden. Butler is on track to become an unrestricted free agent in July 2019, having come to Minnesota via trade a year ago.

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard and 2019 free agent Jimmy Butler has been tangentially linked to the Los Angeles Lakers a few times, but never concretely enough to warrant as much attention as the Kawhi Leonard or Paul George rumors over the last year.

That might be set to change, as Jon Krawczynski of the Athletic is reporting that Butler plans to meet with Timberwolves management to “have honest conversations about the All-Star’s future with the team,” and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN followed that up with a report that the Timberwolves might trade Butler instead of losing him for nothing:

Rival executives believe that Butler could come available on the market by the February trade deadline if Minnesota fears that it will lose him for nothing in July free agency.

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This summer, Kyrie Irving rehabbed his knee, promoted his movie, and dodged questions about his future in Boston. And now, he’s finally playing basketball again.

Kyrie the disgruntled young star. Kyrie the oft-injured phenom. Kyrie the Game 7 absentee. Kyrie the movie star. Kyrie the non-committed. Uncle Drew. The shoe salesman. The Flat-earther. The handle. The weirdo. Kyrie Irving is a lot of things and this fall, he’ll finally get to be the two things that we’ve all been waiting for: a basketball player and more importantly, a Celtic.

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This is an in-depth look at DeMarcus Cousins’ offensive skill set, and how he can use those skills to excel in the Warriors’ vaunted offensive system.

With those four simple words, DeMarcus Cousins declared that he was going to be a Warrior. Dub Nation rejoiced and laughed at the absurdity of it all — the best center in the NBA was about to join them for a measly $5.3 million.

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