Butler is one of the premier players in the National Basketball Association.
He can sign the 5-year, $190 million with the Timberwolves next summer if he isn't traded, or he can sign a four-year, $141M deal with a new team.
In addition, the list of players that the Heat would be using in such a deal are either older than what the Timberwolves would prefer or lack the potential to develop into standout players.
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Butler requested a meeting with the head coach to which he requested to be traded.
A first-round draft pick in 2011, Butler was named the NBA's Most Improved Player in 2014-15. Given that guys like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving will also be on the market, one should not even assume that Butler is any of these teams' No. 1 target. The issue is that as much as Thibodeau might want to hang onto Butler, the friction between Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns means that if Thibodeau keeps Butler he likely would do irreparable harm to the relationship between the Wolves and Towns.
The Clippers have two max contract slots available in July. Butler made three All-Star trips with the Bulls and another with the Wolves last season. At the time, Thibodeau said he wasn't concerned that perhaps Butler wanted to move on from the franchise.