Jimmy Butler Requests Trade from T'Wolves to Knicks, Nets, or Clippers

Lynette Rowe
September 20, 2018

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Butler's three choices are the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and the Los Angeles Clippers.

This means it's time for some speculation! The Wolves offered Butler a $110 million extension that would run for four years and was the highest they could go under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement. He fits the bill of a max-contract player, but teams might be reluctant to invest this much money in Butler.

It's possible that Butler ends up in the purple and gold, anyway, as Minnesota could trade him wherever it wants due to his lack of a no-trade clause.

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

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

The rift between Butler and Timberwolves' All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, as well as Andrew Wiggins, seems to be a major reason why Butler is likely to be traded before the start of the season. "More to do with contractual matters".

Reports have surfaced this summer that Butler may looking to somehow team up with Boston Celtics point guard and close friend Kyrie Irving in NY soon. At the time, Thibodeau said he wasn't concerned that perhaps Butler wanted to move on from the franchise.

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