NBA Star Jimmy Butler Requests Trade Away From Minnesota Timberwolves

Elena Summers
September 20, 2018

Krawczynski cites league sources who told him Butler met with Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau (also Butler's coach in Chicago) in Los Angeles Tuesday to discuss Butler's status with the team.

Later, former National Basketball Association champion and ESPN analyst Stephen Jackson commented on Nick Wiggins' tweet on Instagram by imagining the conversation he would have had as Andrew Wiggins with brother Nick.

Butler, 29, has a player option in 2019-20 before becoming a free-agent.

He cryptically tagged Jimmy Butler on the tweet of the photo.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Butler has listed the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, and the New York Knicks as his preferred destinations. Those teams would each have the cap space to give Butler a maximum contract extension come next summer. Faried is included mostly to make the salaries match - he could provide some energy and rebounding this season or the Wolves could try to flip his expiring contract before the trade deadline.

The marriage between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves is on life support, spiraling toward a nasty breakup only 15 months after it began.

Now - with Jimmy Butler reportedly preferring a trade to the Clippers - Wojnarowski appears to be coming around on the Clippers. His front office traded Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the rights to Lauri Markkanen for Butler and the rights to Justin Patton on the day of the 2017 NBA Draft.

"The wait to "#MakeKnicksGreatAgain" also may not happen before the 2018-19 season, given Knicks president, Steve Mills' comments on a reluctance to deal first round picks and trade for players who can be had in free agency. Butler's bigger issues reportedly were more likely to involve his younger teammates, such as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

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