Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague has no time for fake news, and he made that known on Thursday. After The Athletic’s Shams Charania broke the news Minnesota held a players-only meeting, Teague took to Twitter to shut that rumor down.
Here’s a look at Charania’s original report on the topic, which points to Jimmy Butler calling the players-only meeting.
It’s certainly interesting, and it’s also not the first time (in the past two days) we’ve seen Teague seemingly throw some shade on social media. After the news Wednesday of a blowup from Butler at Timberwolves practice, Teague posted a cryptic message on Instagram, which he later deleted.
Fortunately, Rob Perez of The Action Network posted the following screenshot of it:
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It seems the reason for the meeting (whether it was players-only or not) did indeed have to do with Butler addressing playing with the team. The Timberwolves have been unable (or unwilling) to get a deal done, even when one is reportedly close to the finish line.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski detailed the drama at Minnesota’s practice Wednesday, in which Butler “boldly challenging teammates, coaches and front office executives.” Wojnarowski also revealed the All-Star guard told Timberwolves general manager Scott Layden “You f—ing need me, Scott. You can’t win without me.”
To make matters worse, it seems the Timberwolves were nearing a deal which would have sent Butler to the Miami Heat before things fell apart. As Wojnarowski revealed, this happened due to the team asking for more than the originally agreed-upon trade late in the process.