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Butler Wants Out

Timberwolves Star Jimmy Butler Requests Trade from Minnesota

Things have gone from bad to worst in Minnesota.

After conflicting reports that Jimmy Butler’s situation with the Minnesota Timberwolves has cooled down, new broke last night that Butler has requested a trade from the Wolves. He has also told the Wolves of his three preferred destinations, which allegedly are the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Another report sited the Miami Heat as a potential landing spot of preference for the multiple time All-Star.

Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic had more insight on the request

  • Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Timberwolves, touching off a crisis for Tom Thibodeau and Minnesota less than a week before training camp starts, league sources told The Athletic.

    Butler and Thibodeau met on Tuesday in Los Angeles to discuss his situation, according to multiple sources. Over the last several weeks, Butler began to seriously contemplate his future with the team and a potential trade request, league sources said. It was in that meeting that Butler expressed a desire to be traded, telling Thibodeau that he does not intend to sign a long-term extension with the Wolves next summer. He has provided a list of one to three teams with which he would be open to signing a long-term deal, sources said.

    Thibodeau was initially resistant to the idea, according to sources, but Butler is determined to find a new home. The Timberwolves are scheduled to have media day on Monday and their first training camp practice on Tuesday, so the clock is ticking.

Reports suggested that Butler has continuously butted heads with the Wolves’ other two stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Last night, a ton of shade was thrown between Wiggins and his brother Nick, and Butler himself.

With training camp starting shortly, the Wolves will need to act quick as it seems that moving Butler has become a definite necessity at this point.

Butler is entering the last year of his contract and will be eligible for free agency next offseason.

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