Sources: Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler expected to have surgery to repair torn meniscus, could return in 4-6 weeks

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler is expected to undergo surgery in the coming days to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and could return in four-to-six weeks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

A final timetable will be set after the procedure, league sources said.

An MRI on Saturday revealed the injury after X-rays were taken on Butler’s knee Friday night and returned negative. Butler’s non-contact injury early in the third quarter of Friday night’s loss to the Houston Rockets brought concerns about a possible ACL tear, but there was optimism around Butler regarding the final diagnosis.

Jimmy Butler works against Chris Paul on Friday night. (Getty Images)
Jimmy Butler works against Chris Paul on Friday night. (Getty Images)

Minnesota is 36-26 and holds the fourth seed in the Western Conference but now faces an extended absence for Butler.

Butler, a four-time All-Star, has led the Timberwolves to a resurgent season, averaging 22.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and five assists in 55 games. As a two-way player and stalwart for coach Tom Thibodeau, Butler is also is averaging a league-high 37.3 minutes per game.

Butler joined the Timberwolves as part of a trade from the Chicago Bulls on draft night last June.

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