Around this time a year ago, Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler spoke to the media about the importance of the young team playing defense. Now, he reportedly won't be there to speak at all.
Days after Butler reportedly demanded a trade away from the Twin Cities, The Athletic reported that Butler will skip Monday's media day and the early part of training camp.
It's the latest step in the crumbling relationship between Butler and the Timberwolves. The 29-year-old can opt out of his contract at the end of the season and become an unrestricted free agent. He reportedly wants to join the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, or Brooklyn Nets.
Timberwolves management has reportedly told interested teams they are not interested in trading Butler. Meanwhile, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told his colleagues at the NBA's board of governors meeting that he is open to moving the guard, and that teams should contact Taylor directly, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Butler's absence will help him avoid any awkward questions Monday, but his (soon-to-be-ex?) teammates won't have the same luck. After feuding with retired NBA vet Stephen Jackson on Instagram, Andrew Wiggins surely won't, either.
What was Draymond Green doing on Saturday night in Denver?
Based on his Instagram, he was watching the Lakers play the Rockets at Staples Center. We know this because soon after the fight broke out between Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo, the three-time All-Star added the following to his story:
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This is right on brand for the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year.
Quick tangent -- after the Warriors' buzzer-beating win over the Jazz on Friday, Draymond was asked about Jonas Jerebko's tip-in.
“Forget the win. Forget the game. My favorite part was he started yelling in their bench’s face," he told reporters. "It's a great moment."
Draymond is one of a handful of players who would give that kind of response. It gives you a look into his psyche, and it's what makes him so unique and special.
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
The NBA handed out suspensions for Saturday's Fight Night at Staples Center.
Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo, Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and Rockets point guard Chris Paul all have been suspended, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday, and the NBA later confirmed.
The NBA explained the suspensions this way:
"Ingram has been suspended for aggressively returning to and escalating the altercation and throwing a punch in the direction of Paul, confronting a game official in a hostile manner, and instigating the overall incident by shoving Rockets guard James Harden.
"Rondo has been suspended for instigating a physical altercation with, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at, Paul.
"Paul has been suspended for poking at and making contact with the face of Rondo, and throwing multiple punches at him."