Jimmy Butler Requests Trade from T-Wolves

Jimmy Butler

While it was reported in July that Butler could stand to make $190 million if he stayed in Minnesota versus the max of $141 million if he decides to leave.

Those questions won't stop until the season ends - or until the Timberwolves answer them with actions. Karl-Anthony Towns called #fakenews on sleuthing that suggested he and Jimmy Butler were involved with the same woman.

Moving Kevin Love is an option too but there's a question of how much the Timberwolves would want Love to be paired with star center Karl Anthony-Towns, as neither have consistently been effective defenders at the National Basketball Association level.

Though Butler's demanding style has worn on teammates in Minnesota, nobody has ever accused Leonard of lacking work ethic or competitiveness. He is a versatile defender and an excellent midrange shooter, and while he does not space the floor to the 3-point line, he has proven he can play power forward and he provides a lot of intangibles that Thibodeau tends to appreciate.

Taking on one of their less desirable contracts, like center Gorgui Dieng (he'll earn $48.5 million over the next three seasons), could be enticing enough for the Wolves to bite.

Thibodeau had been planning to meet with Butler in Minnesota about the situation but instead traveled to LA to see him earlier this week.

If the Wolves want veterans who can keep the team in playoff contention, the most likely players that the Clippers would offer include veterans Tobias Harris, Patrick Beverley or Danilo Gallinari.

Timberwolves receive: Tim Hardaway Jr. It may seem a bit surprising at first, because, well, they aren't very good at basketball as now constructed.

Because it's the NBA, Jimmy Butler trade demand has led to several fascinating social derivative stories. It's hard to develop much of a market if only a few teams would be involved.

This doesn't necessarily mean that the Clippers are guaranteed to land Butler - according to numerous reports, Thibodeau has remained reluctant to actually trade the two-way star. Both the Knicks and Nets have reportedly expressed an interest in lure the Celtics superstar Kyrie Irving back to his home area, too, and the Kyrie-to-the-Knicks rumors truly dominated the summer. But it doesn't look like they'll get the chance.

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