Jimmy Butler Reportedly Requests Trade From Minnesota Timberwolves

Dean Simpson
September 20, 2018

Butler reportedly informed Tom Thibodeau of his desire on Tuesday.

Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket. Reports indicate Butler has requested to be traded, and there are up to three teams where he would potentially sign a maximum contract extension. Butler didn't have LeBron on his list of teams he'd like to be traded to.


He helped lead the Timberwolves to the NBA Playoffs a year ago for the first time in 13 seasons, despite missing significant time with a torn meniscus. Players signed this summer can't be traded until at least December 15 (and, in specific instances, January 15), which greatly reduces Minnesota's flexibility to make the best deal it can for one of the league's elite wing players.

Butler has been unhappy with the Timberwolves since being traded from the Bulls in June 2017, leading to a breaking point with training camp beginning next week. Minnesota has showed no inclination to immediately honor the request.


Butler would like to be traded to Knicks, Nets, Clippers or HEAT so he can be the MAN in a big city. In exchange for the then three-time NBA All-Star, the Bulls received Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the #7 pick - Lauri Markkanen.

Sources familiar with the situation told Sporting News that Butler is uncertain about playing with Wiggins - Butler had problems last season with Wiggins, his work ethic and his approach on the defensive end of the floor. At the time, Thibodeau said he wasn't concerned that perhaps Butler wanted to move on from the franchise.


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