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Amid Jimmy Butler trade saga, Lauri Markkanen looks back on Timberwolves drafting him

Minnesota Timberwolves v Chicago Bulls

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 09: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves pump fakes against Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Timberwolves 114-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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The Timberwolves appear on the verge of implosion. Jimmy Butler requested a trade. Tom Thibodeau’s future in Minnesota is uncertain. Andrew Wiggins’ brother is picking fights with Butler online. Karl-Anthony Towns has his own problems with Butler. (Not those problems, he says).

And Lauri Markkanen is reveling in the discord.

The Timberwolves traded the No. 7 pick, eventually used on Markkanen, to the Bulls as part of the package for Butler. And the promising forward wanted to make sure Minnesota remembered.


That is a sly grin.