Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Jimmy Butler requests trade, but not to Houston

Jimmy Butler requests trade, but not to Houston

The Minnesota Timberwolves star would like to be in Los Angeles, although, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, it's the Clippers that Butler is "most determined" to join.

At least NY isn't Butler's first choice.

As the Clippers are expected to have have two max-salary contract slots available in free agency, it appears Butler could get some help if it all goes according to his plan.

However, the Clippers do have the best assets to offer the Timberwolves, and assuming Thibodeau is in win-now mode (which he likely is), a package from the Clippers would be the most favorable.

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Butler's unhappiness is just the latest issue to befall Minnesota over the past few months. Wiggins, meanwhile, has been said to be bothered by being relegated to the team's third offensive option behind Butler and Towns. Both the Knicks and Nets have reportedly expressed an interest in lure the Celtics superstar Kyrie Irving back to his home area, too, and the Kyrie-to-the-Knicks rumors truly dominated the summer. Not just in terms of a roster gashed by the departure of the best player in the National Basketball Association but in terms of the mental and emotional strain that was apparent throughout nearly all of last season. And if Minnesota struggles to make the playoffs, or misses it altogether, this season, Thibodeau's time in Minneapolis could come to a close.

If your first reaction to this is that the Timberwolves are getting fleeced, remember how little leverage they have.

Butler is downplaying his fractured relationship with Towns as a reason for wanting a trade, league sources said.

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