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Report: Butler Requests Trade Out Of Minnesota

Jimmy Butler wants to be dealt to the Clippers, Knicks or Nets, per reports.

September 19, 2018 - 1:44 pm
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(670 The Score) Disgruntled with his current situation and looking at his next contract, All-Star wing Jimmy Butler has requested that the Minnesota Timberwolves trade him, according to multiple reports.

Butler's three preferred destinations are the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported. All three project to have max cap space next July, when Butler is set to become a free agent.

Butler informed Wolves coach/president Tom Thibodeau of his desire to be traded, per reports. The two have had a close relationship since their shared days together in Chicago, and the Bulls traded Butler and the No. 16 overall pick to the Wolves on draft night in June 2017 for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the seventh overall draft pick that became Lauri Markkanen. Butler made three All-Star trips with the Bulls and another with the Wolves last season.

Butler, 29, has long expressed his desire to compete for championships at this stage of his career, which the Wolves aren't in line for after a 47-win season marked by a first-round playoff exit and reported friction between Butler and young core pieces in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. 

In free agency next summer, Butler can secure a five-year deal worth around $190 million with his prior team or a four-year deal worth around $141 million with a new team. He could also agree to sign a lucrative extension before then if he's traded to a new team.