Butler (knee) remains without any timetable for a return but said Sunday that he expects to be back before the postseason, Kyle Ratke of the Timberwolves' official site reports. Butler recently started running on an anti-gravity treadmill, and while there is still no report of him jumping, the shooting guard remains optimistic that he'll be back in time for the team's potential postseason push. Expect Butler to remain out for at least a couple more weeks, with updates coming as he is able to do more on-court work during his rehab.
Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau said Tuesday that Butler (knee) has started running on an anti-gravity treadmill, Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Butler isn't jumping yet, according to the report, but he's at least making progress. The swingman underwent surgery on the meniscus in his right knee in late February and was given an initial return timetable for late March or early April. It sounds like he still has a chance to return during that window with this report of early progress.
Butler underwent successful meniscus surgery on his right knee and is considered out indefinitely. It was reported earlier this weekend that the timetable for Butler's recovery would be around 4-to-6 weeks, though the Timberwolves have opted to list him as out indefinitely rather than give anything concrete. It appears Butler has a chance to get back to full strength prior to the team's playoff run, but that largely depends on how the rehabilitation process goes. Look for additional updates to be provided as he progresses through the steps in his recovery and in the meantime, Nemanja Bjelica and Jamal Crawford are expected to see added workload on the wing.
Butler has opted to undergo surgery to address his torn right meniscus and is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. As expected, Butler will miss a significant chunk of the remainder of the regular season recovering from his injury, though should lace up again in time for the playoffs. Optimistically, he could be back as soon as late March, but his return could also slide into early April. From a fantasy perspective, dropping him in many formats may be the best option depending on when specific league's playoffs begin. While Butler is on the shelf, Nemanja Bjelica will presumably start in his stead and see significant run, as he did when Butler missed four games at the end of January. Jamal Crawford also stands to benefit from Butler's absence and should see true sixth-man minutes off the pine. Even when Butler returns, he could be eased back into form, limiting his fantasy upside.
X-rays on Butler's knee came back negative following Friday's game versus the Rockets, but he will still undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the full extent of his injury, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports Butler went down with a non-contact knee injury late in the third quarter of Friday's game and had to be helped to the locker room. While the initial results of his X-rays are cause for optimism, the MRI set for Saturday will shed light on the severity of the injury. Jamal Crawford and Shabazz Muhammad would presumably be in line for a siginificant bump in minutes should Butler ultimately be sidelined going forward, while Tyus Jones could see some extended run in the backcourt as well. Expect an update once the team provides more clarity on the situation.
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