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Jimmy Butler gives out phone number to critics during live presser

January 19 2018, 05:28 | Irvin Gilbert

Jimmy Butler gives out phone number to critics during live presser

Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio of Spain plays during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings Saturday

Wearing a broad smile and carrying the trusty football he often toted around to build camaraderie on Bulls road trips, Jimmy Butler embraced his new opportunity as the Timberwolves officially introduced him alongside the familiar face of Tom Thibodeau on Thursday. He's chased excellence from the day he got in the league to where we are today, and I think that's a great example. Give him a quick call and discuss it yourself.

Towns, who ranked among the league's leading scorers (25.1 points per game) and rebounders (12.3) as a 21-year-old last season, sat in the front row with a beaming smile during Butler's news conference. I started as a guard, and last season [with Arizona] played as a five. Jimmy achieved greatness there.

The 'Wolves have a number of free agents, but they'll probably let majority walk because they'd rather get one good player in free agency.

"Everybody's entitled to their opinion", he said. "He's a great person, he's a great leader and we're thrilled to have him". The Timberwolves are now experiencing the longest active National Basketball Association playoff drought. I was talking to Pax, who knew him since before I was born. "He has mine. We're going to be in this together".

"We should be great".

"I kind of see what these celebrities go through being harassed by fans", he said.

Butler's reaction: "I just want to help win".

Jimmy Butler might need to get himself two phones. The three-time WNBA champion Lynx have been sent to St. Paul this year while their Target Center home make-over and renovation continues.

Butler said he that he wants to be involved in bringing other veteran players to the Wolves, which has been an area the team has struggled with over the years.

With free agency starting in less than a week, Nikola Mirotic's future with the team will be up in the air.

This is the type of deal that can make the Timberwolves a playoff contender right now.

"The big thing for us is that we're looking ahead to what we have here", Thibodeau said.

Consider the line up of Towns, (a seven foot centre with a solid jump shot), Wiggins, (an offensive threat and good perimeter scorer) Butler, who we already know can score from anywhere on the court, Griffin and Rubio.

"It's always hard when anyone gets traded, but it's a part of the business", Jones said.

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