Timberwolves owner open to trading Butler

Timberwolves owner open to trading Butler

Timberwolves owner open to trading Butler

In the days since Minnesota guard Jimmy Butler reportedly requested a trade, the Timberwolves have been fielding calls from teams looking to add the four-time All-Star. Butler met with head coach Tom Thibodeau and Timberwolves GM Scott Layden to discuss his future with the team on Tuesday, apparently reaching an impasse.

As the Clippers are expected to have have two max-salary contract slots available in free agency, it appears Butler could get some help if it all goes according to his plan.

Butler wants out. And he isn't the only one, as Nick Wiggins (briefly with the Timberwolves in 2015 training camp) tweeted "Hallelujah" before deleting. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Butler's three choices are the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and the Los Angeles Clippers.

No player in the National Basketball Association has averaged more minutes per game over that span than Butler's 37.6, with Harden second at 37.0.

But after dealing several promising young pieces for Butler last offseason, there's pressure on Thibodeau and Co.to recoup value in a potential trade of Butler, should they indeed choose to make one.

Four-time All-Star Butler wants to leave to sign a five-year, $190million contract with a new team this summer rather than an $141m deal in 12 months' time. Technically, Butler is now signed through the 2019-20 season, but he has a player option for that final year and will nearly certainly opt out of the deal.

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.

Wiggins' brother, Nick, proclaimed "hallelujah" and Butler eventually clapped back on Instagram.

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