On Saturday morning, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Jimmy Butler had been granted permission to avoid the Timberwolves media day, amidst the drama created by his trade demand:
All-Star Jimmy Butler has been granted permission to not participate in Minnesota Timberwolves‘ media day on Monday, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 22, 2018
The decision comes as no shock, as no one fully expected the Timberwolves to execute a Jimmy Butler trade in 24 hours.
It will take a while for this situation to come to a conclusion, as Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and Tom Thibodeau—already prepared to hold on to Butler following his trade demand—will surely look for the best trade offer that still gives them the ability to be playoff contenders.
Some NBA fans, like the ever-relevant Rob Perez, were not fans of Minnesota shutting down more drama before it could get started:
It is not yet known if Minnesota is actively engaging in trade discussions with any of the teams on Butler's preferred teams list (Clippers, Nets, Knicks).
If they have, there is a reasonable chance that a Butler trade can be done by early-October. A source from the NBA board of governors meeting told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, "The owner's trading him..... It's just a matter of when."
The sooner a deal is done, the sooner the Timberwolves can start to integrate their new piece(s) before their season opener in San Antonio.
It was announced on Saturday morning, that Omer Asik will be out indefinitely.
OFFICIAL: Bulls center Omer Asik is out indefinitely with inflammatory arthritis. He has been receiving ongoing medical treatment and management, but his return to basketball activities is yet to be determined. pic.twitter.com/Am1kigkTtC— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) September 22, 2018
Asik had an arthritis flare up over the summer, and that is the key to his current diagnosis. The Bulls acquired Asik last season in the Nikola Mirotic trade with the New Orleans Pelicans.
He has two years and north of $22 million left on his contract (including this current season).
The Bulls never expected Asik to play heavy minutes, and this injury puts his 2018-19 season in jeopardy,
This is Asik's second stint with the Bulls, as he played with Chicago in the first two seasons of his career.