Sunday, 21 October, 2018


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

Noah Ferguson | 20 September, 2018, 10:11

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

T-Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau has been resistant to the idea of trading Butler but is running out of options with the team's training camp set to start on Tuesday. The two have had a close relationship since their shared days together in Chicago, and the Bulls traded Butler and the No. 16 overall pick to the Wolves on draft night in June 2017 for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the seventh overall draft pick that became Lauri Markkanen. What trade packages from Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles are actually realistic?

After re-signing point guard Chris Paul to a four-year, $160-million contract, and reaching agreement on a five-year, $90-million contract with center Clint Capela, Houston is in no position to max Butler in 2019 free agency. It'd be much better to sign him next summer and preserve assets.

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

There have also been questions about Butler's relationship with younger teammates Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Whether or not Butler is willing to commit to signing with the Knicks next summer could change their calculation, but let's work off the assumption that the Knicks would refuse to include Ntilikina or Knox.

All of this also ratchets up the pressure on Thibodeau, who was already seen as being in some hot water before Wednesday's developments.

It might not be the best idea to actually wager hard-earned dollars on something as complicated as National Basketball Association trade negotiations but, if you feel led, here is the full list (including the reigning champion Warriors), courtesy of Bovada.

He helped lead the Timberwolves to the NBA Playoffs past year for the first time in 13 seasons, despite missing significant time with a torn meniscus.

The Thibodeau-Butler meeting was expected to be a serious conversation on the franchise's fragile state, sources said.

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

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