Jimmy Butler Requests Trade Out Of Minnesota

Jimmy Butler has Knicks Nets on three-team trade list

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Wojnarowski reports that Butler told the Timberwolves he would consider signing a contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets in hopes of facilitating a deal.

Butler and Andrew Wiggins have been teammates for only one season, as Minnesota head coach/president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau traded Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the draft rights to Lauri Markkanen to the Chicago Bulls to acquire Butler.

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.

Minnesota's training camp is scheduled to begin September 25, but Butler is reportedly optimistic a deal could be done before camp begins.

Many of those attending the board of governors meetings are convinced that Taylor and top team business officials don't want a prolonged saga with Butler, preferring to move him to a new team sooner than later. And reports state that Taylor is getting involved, as they likely try to get a deal done soon.

Thibodeau met with Butler in Los Angeles on Tuesday, which is when the four-time All-Star reportedly requested a trade.

If he were to sit out training camp, it would hurt his trade value as other teams would have to assume they can get him for much cheaper. Butler turned 29 on September 14, so you would be looking at committing to pay something in the neighborhood of $38 million to a player when he's 34 years old.

This group would go on to win 47 games in 2017-2018, but the Houston Rockets made quick work of the Wolves, defeating Minnesota in 4 out of 5 games.

Thibodeau doesn't want to trade Butler, especially in a scenario that would imperil the franchise's ability to reach the playoffs for a second straight year after missing the postseason the previous 13 seasons, league sources said.

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