The NBA salary cap doesn’t benefit players or the fans — it lines the pockets of billionaire team owners. Even before the NBA season started earlier this month, the drama was already in mid-season form. Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler met with coach and team president Tom Thibodeau and reiterated a desire he’d expressed this summer to be dealt. The news leaked, hot takes were so gallantly streaming, and sports media’s bottomless maw had a new chew toy. Every party in the story was ripped as culpable for the Butler/Minnesota divorce: Butler; his teammates; the front office; the owner; the media.