Jimmy Butler asks Wolves to trade him

Dean Simpson
September 20, 2018

It was thought when the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Jimmy Butler in a draft-night trade in 2017 that he would expedite the Wolves rebuild, and instantly turn the team into a contender.

Butler turned down a relatively modest 4-year, $110 million contract extension offer from the team this summer.

It might not be the best idea to actually wager hard-earned dollars on something as complicated as National Basketball Association trade negotiations but, if you feel led, here is the full list (including the reigning champion Warriors), courtesy of Bovada. Those teams include the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks. There's value in putting that in Leonard's mind while the Raptors are trying to woo him first-hand over the next year.

The Minnesota Timberwolves star would like to be in Los Angeles, although, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, it's the Clippers that Butler is "most determined" to join.

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.

T-Wolves is going to have to trade Jimmy Butler, there is no way they can let him be at their media day.

As I alluded to earlier, the Cavs could also acquire Towns in this scenario, if there's truly a stand-off between he and Butler. 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.

With Butler joining the group, no matter which of Sexton, Love and Hood are traded, the wouldn't have that pick.

They're both elite defensively and at least very good offensively.

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