Timberwolves owner open to trading Butler

Ruben Hill
September 23, 2018

On Wednesday, Butler reportedly requested a trade from the Timberwolves and presented the Minnesota with a short list of preferred destinations where he would be open to signing an extension, per Jon Krawcynski of The Athletic.

Butler, 29, prefers a trade to the LA Clippers, and has a strong interest with the New York Knicks as well as an interest with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources said.

If he were to sit out training camp, it would hurt his trade value as other teams would have to assume they can get him for much cheaper.

"We're going to build this team the right way". By not attending Timberwolves Media Day, Taylor is avoiding questions, but these questions aren't going away until this situation comes to a conclusion.

Minnesota acquired Butler a year ago from head coach Tom Thibodeau's former team, the Chicago Bulls. And if Minnesota struggles to make the playoffs, or misses it altogether, this season, Thibodeau's time in Minneapolis could come to a close. At this point, however, it appears it would be best for all parties if Butler is moved as soon as possible. Adrian Wojnarowski reports Butler clashed with teammates Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins and has all intentions to leave in free agency in 2019 if not traded.

Various rumors over the past year have suggested Butler would also be interested in teaming up with Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, who could be a free agent after this season as well.

Getting a deal done theoretically is one thing. Players signed this summer can't be traded until at least December 15 (and, in specific instances, January 15), which greatly reduces Minnesota's flexibility to make the best deal it can for one of the league's elite wing players.

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