In the NBA economy, millionaires give millionaires a hand

Tyus Jones, the former Apple Valley star and current member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, wanted to go to Indianapolis to see his brother, Tre, another Apple Valley standout, make his collegiate debut for Duke against Kentucky.

So Jimmy Butler, who’s made clear he doesn’t want to play for the Timberwolves anymore, cashed in on some PR and hired a private jet to take Jones to the game, according to Bring Me the News.

Tyus Jones, we should note, makes $2.4 million a year and will make $3.5 million next season.

But that’s pocket change on the bureau for Butler, who makes almost $17 million a year.

  • RBHolb

    Talk about your heartwarming stories.

  • jon

    Is this the trickle down economics we’ve been told to expect?

    • Reminds me of one of the interviews I heard during the week Jim Thome, a legitimately good guy, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. A player made special note that Thome let him use his personal jet to get to some family deal.

      The average baseball salary is $4 million. The guy interviewed made at least twice that.

      These guys are on a different planet where reality is concerned.

      • 212944

        “These guys are on a different planet where reality is concerned.”

        Sure. But small beans compared to the owners.

        With limited wrath and snark (the day is only 24 hours), I will reserve it for the owners who continue to ask that our tax dollars subsidize their profits and politicians who give in to it.

  • John

    I have a hard time getting worked up about someone with a lot of money spending it. It’s his cash – if he wants to blow it that way, who am I to judge?