Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

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Jimmy Butler just threw a wrench into the plans of Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau of reuniting with his former Chicago Bulls players.

Butler has reportedly stated a preference to be traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets, as all three will have a lot of cap space looking toward next summer.

Minnesota's first practice of training camp comes Tuesday, and Taylor reportedly wants a deal done by then.

Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles the ball up court against the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China on October 5, 2017 in Shenzhen, China at Shenzhen Universidade. For the record, all three of those teams remain in the hunt for his services, but Timberwolves are likely to make the transaction that works in their favor since Butler is entering 2019 on an expiring contract. No matter what happens with Butler, Minnesota will have one of the league's top young talents under contract for the foreseeable future. Exactly who or what would go from Cleveland to Minnesota in a potential deal is unclear.


Butler is eligible for a five-year, $190 million contract extension with the Wolves or with a team that acquires him in a trade. He declined and by asking for a trade this early, Butler is doing the Wolves a favor in hoping to get assets in exchange instead of walking away and leaving the team empty-handed.

He told Thibodeau that he would like to be traded before reporting for Timberwolves media day Monday, league sources said. He can sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a new team.

Expect plenty of other teams to inquire about Butler, too.

"The Heat has told teams this offseason that Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters are available, according to two opposing front office executives who have spoken to the Heat". This way, the Wolves could learn which teams would interest Butler in signing an extension next summer, which is information that would allow the Wolves to get the best possible return on assets for Butler.

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