The Timberwolves announced they will be without Jimmy Butler for an indefinite period after the All-Star underwent surgery Sunday morning to repair the torn meniscus he suffered in his right knee during Friday’s game in Houston.
Butler underwent the procedure at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the team announced that further updates on his recovery will be issued over the course of his rehabilitation process.
Yahoo! Sports reported Saturday that Butler was expected to undergo surgery and could return in four-to-six weeks.
Butler, acquired by the Wolves from the Chicago Bulls during the offseason, is averaging a team-leading 22.2 points per game. His five assists are second on the team and his 5.4 rebounds are third. He entered Saturday second in the NBA in minutes played per game at 37.1 and was 10th in the league in total minutes at 2,077.
The Timberwolves (37-26) were third in the Western Conference after beating the Bulls on Saturday at Target Center. However, Minnesota was only 3.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers, the first team out of the playoff picture in the West.
The Wolves have 19 games remaining in the regular season, including 12 against teams that are above .500. That includes an eight-game stretch — against Portland, Utah, Boston, Golden State, Washington, San Antonio, Houston and the Clippers — that will begin after Minnesota plays Monday night in Sacramento.
After beating the Bulls on Saturday, the Wolves are now 3-4 in games Butler has missed this season. He sat out two early in the season because of an illness and Minnesota was blown out by Indiana and Detroit on back-to-back nights. Butler missed four more games in January because of knee soreness and the Wolves went 2-2 in that time.