Spike Eskin did a good job of laying out the case for why the Sixers should NOT go after Butler, who reportedly has requested a trade from Minnesota. Butler has reportedly given the Timberwolves a list of one to three teams where he would be open to signing a contract extension.
Butler is among the possible stars for next year's free agent class, which could include Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving. But the promise of potential and future success alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins appears to not be what interests Butler at this time. Faried is included mostly to make the salaries match - he could provide some energy and rebounding this season or the Wolves could try to flip his expiring contract before the trade deadline.
The Thibodeau-Butler meeting was expected to be a serious conversation on the franchise's fragile state, sources said.More news: Patriots agree to trade for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon
Jimmy Butler wants out of Minnesota. It's hard to develop much of a market if only a few teams would be involved.
So, one of the teams Butler would apparently be OK with being traded to is the Knicks. The T-Wolves also received a first-round pick in the deal. However, Wiggins' brother, Nick, posted to Twitter nearly immediately after the trade request was announced with a one word response that tells you everything you need to know about how he feels about Butler's presence on the Wolves (the tweet was deleted after about 30 minutes of being up, but the Internet always keeps receipts).