Jimmy Butler Reportedly Requests Trade From Minnesota Timberwolves

Ruben Hill
September 19, 2018

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler is requesting a trade, and his three preferred destinations are the Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers and New York Knicks, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Butler, 29, has provided the Timberwolves a list of one to three teams with whom he would listen to possible contract extension offers, according to Charania.

Butler was initially scheduled to meet with Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden in Minnesota, but the meeting took a different tone after the location was changed to Los Angeles within the last 24 hours, a sign that spelled his soon-to-be breakup with his former coach.

According to multiple reports from throughout the summer, Butler and teammate Karl-Anthony Towns do not see eye to eye, but it remains to be seen if that played a role in his reported trade request. And with Butler open to signing a contract extension, it may be enough to entice them to swing a deal, unlike the situation with Kawhi Leonard. Andrew Wiggins' brother, Nick Wiggins, tweeted "Hallejulah" in response to Charania's tweet reporting Butler wanted to be moved. "More to do with contractual matters".

The Wolves acquired Butler on draft night in 2017.

After six seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Butler played his first season in Minnesota past year, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 59 games.

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