Thunder’s Paul George defends Jimmy Butler: He ‘has a really legitimate level’ | NBA


Jimmy Butler has the assist of at the least one participant within the NBA as hypothesis continues to construct round the way forward for the Timberwolves star following his commerce request.

Thunder guard Paul George instructed reporters Friday he spoke with Butler about what is going on in Minnesota and believes Butler has “a really legitimate level.” 

“I am on Jimmy’s facet,” George stated (by way of ESPN). “It isn’t coming from a spot the place he is going in opposition to a company.”

George, who was in an identical scenario with the Pacers in the course of the 2017 offseason after telling the group he deliberate to depart as a free agent the next yr, went on to say he is “all for what Jimmy is making an attempt to do over there.”  

“Jimmy’s a man, his complete profession, he made it into the league off work, off him having to grind and scratch and claw to get to the place he is at,” George added. “After which he sees the potential he has round him and he simply desires guys to match that as a result of if guys are expert and have that ‘it’ like KAT (Karl-Anthony Cities) has, like Andrew Wiggins has, they’ve that ‘it’ that numerous guys haven’t got, now they only must match it with what Jimmy’s bringing to the desk.

“He desires the most effective for that group and is making an attempt to deliver out every part for that group to get to the place they wish to get to.”

George’s protection of Butler comes after the Timberwolves star returned to observe this week, although he did not play in Friday’s 143-121 preseason loss to the Bucks.

Tensions between the workforce and Butler escalated Wednesday, when he reportedly instructed the workforce “you f—ing want me” and criticized administration, coach Tom Thibodeau, normal supervisor Scott Layden, plus teammates Cities and Wiggins.

The outburst got here after a proposed blockbuster deal between the Timberwolves and Warmth reportedly fell aside final weekend proper earlier than a commerce was accomplished as a result of Minnesota needed too many property for Butler. 

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