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Conflicting Reports Emerge as Jimmy Butler Sits Out vs. Jazz

Different sides of the Jimmy Butler saga yet again provide conflicting information.

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Minnesota Timberwolves Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves will be without disgruntled small forward Jimmy Butler for Wednesday’s game against the Jazz. But the reason why remains unclear. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Butler will not participate in hopes of progressing his ongoing trade saga:

However ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports it was a mutual decision between the two parties, no drama stirring:

Wojnarowski also included that Butler reportedly texted ESPN’s Rachel Nichols and said it was about body soreness.

Butler has played in six of Minnesota’s seven games so far this year, averaging 22.5 PPG and 5.3 RPG. Speculation has swirled around Butler since his trade demands reached a fever pitch in late-September. Wojnarowski says talks now “remain stagnant.”