Jimmy Butler rested by Minnesota Timberwolves amid trade request

The Minnesota Timberwolves have ruled out All-Star Jimmy Butler for their game against Utah on Wednesday for what they are calling “precautionary rest”.

Coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters on Wednesday morning that Butler’s absence was not related to his trade request.

Butler scored 32 points in 37 minutes in Minnesota’s win on Monday against the Los Angeles Lakers, while players did not practice on Tuesday.

Thibodeau was noncommittal about whether Butler would join the team on the upcoming road trip, with the first stop on Friday to face the Golden State Warriors.

The Wolves also have declared point guard Jeff Teague out against the Jazz with a sore left knee. He was hurt in the game against the Lakers.

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