Butler is downplaying his fractured relationship with Towns as a reason for wanting a trade, league sources said.
As expected, and after an unsuccessful meeting with head coach/team president Tom Thibodeau, Minnesota Timberwolves two-way star Jimmy Butler has formally requested a trade, according to multiple reports. Certainly. New York also appears to be Butler's second choice after the Clippers, per Wojnarowski, so Butler and Irving teaming up on the Knicks still is on the table.
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. His wishlist consists of the Knicks, Nets and Clippers.
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Butler met with Thibodeau in Los Angeles yesterday for showdown talks regarding his future.
The 2018-19 National Basketball Association season has not officially started, but upcoming free agents like Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard are already thinking ahead to July 1, 2019.
Beyond that, teams like the Sixers, Celtics and Lakers have odds on the board, even despite the fact that the well-publicized list does not include any of those franchises.
With the remaining money that LA would have after extending Butler, there would be enough left over to sign another player to a max deal - and there is no shortage of top-tier talent available next summer.