The Minnesota Timberwolves entered the 2017-18 NBA season with the goal of winning an NBA championship title. The arrival of Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and Jeff Teague in Minnesota to team up with Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns was expected to make the Timberwolves a legitimate contender in the Western Conference. However, things didn't go as expected as they suffered a first-round elimination in the hands of the West No. 1 seed, Houston Rockets.
In an interview with Joe Cowley of Chicago Sun-Times, Jimmy Butler discussed how the season turned out for the Timberwolves. Butler believes the team's young core could do better if they only exert more effort in improving every aspect of their game. The 28-year-old shooting guard said that winning remains his top priority, and if things won't be better next season, Butler hinted the possibility that he could leave in the summer of 2019.
Butler has a player option on his contract that enables him to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. If he leaves the Timberwolves, Cowley said that a return to the Chicago Bulls "isn't far-fetched." Despite being traded to the Timberwolves last summer, Butler has no bad feelings for the team who gave him the opportunity to showcase his skills in the league.