Report: Wolves’ Butler expected to undergo surgery to repair right knee

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves say Jimmy Butler had an MRI Saturday morning that revealed a meniscal injury to his right knee.

The Timberwolves did not provide a timeline for Butler’s absence Saturday, but it is likely good news that it is a cartilage injury, and not a ligament.

According to Yahoo Sports, the four-time All-Star is opting to surgically repair his knee sooner than later.

Butler was hurt Friday night at Houston in the third quarter and had to be carried off the court by a pair of teammates. The Wolves lost 120-102 to the Rockets and the All-Star had the MRI on Saturday at Mayo Clinic.

The Wolves said more updates on Butler’s progress would be issued when information became available.

In his first season with Minnesota, Butler has helped lead the team to the thick of the Western Conference race, averaging 22.2 points. They were in fourth place before play Saturday, in position to end a 13-year absence from the playoffs.