Jimmy Butler asks Wolves to trade him

Wolves guard Jimmy Butler is ready to go for this sprint to the regular season finish line

Wolves guard Jimmy Butler is ready to go for this sprint to the regular season finish line

It was thought when the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Jimmy Butler in a draft-night trade in 2017 that he would expedite the Wolves rebuild, and instantly turn the team into a contender.

Charania reports that Butler provided the Timberwolves with a list of between one and three teams he would be willing to sign an extension with, presumably increasing the return the Timberwolves could receive in a deal.

With under a week to go before players report to their respective franchise, a Butler trade could send the start of the National Basketball Association season into a wild place.

When the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Jimmy Butler a year ago before the season began many people speculated about how good the team could be.

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"His natural position is out wide, but it's important for us to have players who can play in several positions and Bernardo is one of them".

If Jimmy Butler gets his wish, there's a good chance he will soon be playing in NY. Moving Butler now would nearly certainly set the franchise back, at least in the short term.

The idea of Butler to the Knicks, of course, draws intrigue with another future free agent: Kyrie Irving.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in almost 37 minutes per game last season.

The All-NBA's wing's request comes six days before the start of Timberwolves' training camp, and five days before the team's media day, placing the team in a tight spot this late in the offseason. The guard willed Minnesota to the playoffs, snapping a 13-year postseason drought.

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