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

Jimmy Butler Requests Trade From Wolves


The Minnesota Timberwolves find themselves in a similar situation after Jimmy Butler reportedly requested a trade during his recent meeting with Tom Thibodeau in Los Angeles.

Charania reports that Butler provided the Timberwolves with a list of between one and three teams he would be willing to sign an extension with, presumably increasing the return the Timberwolves could receive in a deal. "Therefore a team acquiring Butler would not need to utilize cap space in the 2019-20 season for such a contract". But will the Minnesota Timberwolves let him?

Butler's three preferred destinations are the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported. Butler repeatedly has said he wants to be in the best place to win a championship, and Minnesota isn't the best option for that. Players signed this summer can't be traded until at least December 15 (and, in specific instances, January 15), which greatly reduces Minnesota's flexibility to make the best deal it can for one of the league's elite wing players. Technically, Butler is now signed through the 2019-20 season, but he has a player option for that final year and will nearly certainly opt out of the deal.

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According to multiple reports from throughout the summer, Butler and teammate Karl-Anthony Towns do not see eye to eye, but it remains to be seen if that played a role in his reported trade request.

Butler's unhappiness is just the latest issue to befall Minnesota over the past few months.

The Timberwolves were scheduled to meet with Butler this week to "have honest conversations" about his future with the team.

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