Wolves guard Jimmy Butler wants to be traded

Jimmy Butler Timberwolves

Jimmy Butler reportedly has requested a trade out of Minnesota

Butler's ability to partner on the Clippers with a second star player in a deep summer free-agency market holds a strong appeal to Butler, league sources said.

Butler, 29, has a player option in 2019-20 before becoming a free-agent.

- Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to reports.

If he chooses to deal Butler, Thibodeau is expected to go after a comparable veteran piece that'll keep the Timberwolves in the playoff picture.

Jackson, a commentator for Fox Sports, posted an Instagram video saying Wiggins should have responded to an Instagram post by Jimmy Butler which took a shot at Wiggins' brother by saying the former Bulls player had a lot of heart and, "I ain't got no heart". The Knicks, much like the Clippers and Nets, also have enough cap space to bring in a top-tier free agent, but what separates NY from LA and Brooklyn is its All-Star talent in Porzingis - a rising 23-year-old star who's years away from his prime.

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That's the latest report from Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, who along with colleague Shams Charania, broke the news that Butler is seeking a trade. However, more competition as well as numerous teams will also have cap space.

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? In his first season with the Wolves previous year, the four-time All-Star averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game to help the team improve by 16 wins from the season prior and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

Noah still has two years and $37.8 million remaining on his contract, though by using the waive-and-stretch provision, the Knicks can spread his remaining pay across a three-year span.

There are a few reasons Thibodeau might fail to grant Butler's trade request.

Thibodeau traded recent first-round picks - including Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the No. 7 overall pick that became Lauri Markkanen - in a 2017 deal with the Chicago Bulls to acquire Butler. One reason Towns is dragging his feet on signing a contract that will pay him life-changing money is believed to be because of his feelings toward Butler.

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