Timberwolves swingman Jimmy Butler could be on the move before the season tips off.
They insist their future first-round draft picks will be used to select players for their own team, not to be dangled in trades that could land them an established player.
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.
Jimmy Butler was a hot topic during Thursday's Knicks preseason news conference, even though his name never actually came up. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, those teams are the Brooklyn Nets along with the LA Clippers and New York Knicks.
Thibodeau also could be banking on the fact that Butler would be eligible to sign a $190 million, five-year max deal with the Wolves next summer, as opposed to the four-year, $141 million deal he could get elsewhere as a free agent.
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This is Butler's last season under contract in Minnesota. Even though the Timberwolves have a fondness for Avery Bradley, both he and Luc Mbah a Moute can not be traded until December because they signed new contracts this summer.
Butler told Thibodeau on Wednesday that he wants to be traded, ideally to a team of his choice where he and Irving can presumably pursue their idea of a championship venture. The Sun-Times reported earlier this summer that Butler had grown frustrated with the "nonchalant attitudes" of some of the younger Timberwolves, including recent No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns. I'm not giving up hope yet, though, because Daryl Morey is an actual magician that could make a deal if needed.
Here's the catch - Jimmy reportedly does NOT want to play for the Lake Show. even though he'd be playing alongside one of the GOATs.
Minnesota Timberwolves SG Jimmy Butler is seeking a trade before the start of the 2018 National Basketball Association season.
It's a team that has had its share of issues over the years, but this one ranks up there.
After six seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Butler played his first season in Minnesota previous year, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 59 games.