ReutersTimberwolves guard Jimmy Butler has “no intentions” of signing an extension in Minnesota and is “all but fed up with the nonchalant attitude of his younger teammates,” according to a Chicago Sun-Times report on Tuesday.
The report specifically names big man Karl-Anthony Towns as a teammate whose attitude has peeved Butler. It adds that Butler feels like “he’s being recruited harder by other teams” than by his own, and Butler is trying to find a way to team up with Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving on a team somewhere in the Eastern Conference.
Butler and Irving each can opt out of the final year of their contracts next summer and become unrestricted free agents. Irving told reporters in June that signing an extension with the Celtics this offseason “doesn’t make any sense,” and recent reports have indicated Butler feels similarly with regard to the Wolves, despite Minnesota’s reported intention to offer Butler a four-year, max-level extension worth $110 million once he is eligible on July 9.
Howard to join Wizards
Dwight Howard has finalized a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets and will sign a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards once he clears waivers, according to a report from The Athletic on Tuesday.
Per the report, Howard, who averaged 16.6 points — his highest figure since 2013-14 — along with 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game with the Hornets last season in 81 games, will join Washington via the taxpayer mid-level exception, worth $5.4 million over one year.