Jimmy Butler requests trade from Timberwolves

Heather Diaz
September 20, 2018

Spike Eskin did a good job of laying out the case for why the Sixers should NOT go after Butler, who reportedly has requested a trade from Minnesota.

According to the report from Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania, Butler - who will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season - Butler gave Minnesota a list of one to three teams with which he's open to signing a contract extension. His three preferred destinations are the Brooklyn Nets, the Los Angeles Clippers, and the New York Knicks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Despite being touted as an elite defender and athlete in college at Kansas, Wiggins has regressed since Butler joined the Timberwolves. If he opted to sign elsewhere, he could receive four years and $140.6 million.

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There have also been questions about Butler's relationship with younger teammates Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. Yes, this might mean trading Jeff Teague, but trading Butler should make the front office consider doing that anyway. It's hard to develop much of a market if only a few teams would be involved.

Butler informed Wolves coach/president Tom Thibodeau of his desire to be traded, per reports. A potential package that does work under those guidelines would be Hardaway, Thomas and a first-round pick.

The Wolves acquired Butler in a trade with the Chicago Bulls just last June in a deal that appeared extremely lopsided in Minnesota's favor at the time.

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