According to Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Butler has given the T-Wolves a list of one-to-three teams with which he would sign a contract extension. The Sun-Times reported earlier this summer that Butler had grown frustrated with the "nonchalant attitudes" of some of the younger Timberwolves, including recent No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns.
Though Tom Thibodeau is resistant to the idea, Butler requesting a trade means the clock is ticking for the Wolves.
On a related note, Wojnarowski notes that Butler has little interest in joining the Los Angeles Lakers following LeBron James' arrival. The Knicks are not willing to trade young stars like Kevin Knox or Kristaps Porzingis, the Nets finished 12th in the Eastern Conference past year and the Clippers don't have any potential All-Stars on their roster.
Last season, Jimmy Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game for the Timberwolves.
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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.
Bearing all this in mind, which teams could present a tempting trade offer for the Timberwolves while also standing a chance of re-signing him in free agency? Even though the Timberwolves have a fondness for Avery Bradley, both he and Luc Mbah a Moute can not be traded until December because they signed new contracts this summer. Los Angeles, an organization that's spent the past year parting ways with its trio core of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, are in full-blown rebuild mode and will have enough cap space to lock in two max-deal guys next summer.
This makes sense considering what we've heard about Leonard and his team desires recently.
So while there's nothing from Irving's camp that's indicated he's actually interested in teaming up with Butler and/or leaving the Celtics, it seems pretty obvious what Butler is angling for with his preferred destinations.