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Adam Silver on Jimmy Butler Drama with Timberwolves, 'They Gotta Work It Out'

NBA Commish Adam Silver has obviously been following the drama between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves … and tells TMZ Sports, “They gotta work it out.”

Butler requested a trade during the off-season — and hasn’t gotten it — and went wild at practice this week in an apparent statement to the coaches, players, GM and owner. 

In fact, Butler reportedly talked trash to the GM — saying, “You f**king need me.”

So, when we saw Silver leaving Michael’s in NYC on Thursday — we had to get his thoughts. 

“I think that Jimmy is obviously a fantastic player. Timberwolves had a great season last year,” Silver said. 

“He’s got 1 year left on his contract and I know Jimmy, that if they don’t end up doing the right deal for him [to trade him away], he’s gonna play hard and he’s gonna stay this year.”

Silver was adamant he won’t have to step in and get involved at this point — because it’s a matter between the player and the team … they can work it out themselves. 

We also talked about LeBron James — who Silver praises as the “hardest working player in the league” — and we asked if he thinks LBJ going West to the Lakers is good for the league. 

Side note — we shoot a lot of people, but Silver is always one of the nicest dudes we get.  

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