Butler 'most determined' to join Clippers

Butler 'most determined' to join Clippers

The other caveat is that Jimmy Butler doesn't want to play "under" LeBron James in the prime years of his career.

Butler is a great player. Get him, let him fall in love with Brooklyn, and when the clock hits midnight on July 1, 2019, have him put pen to paper on an extension.

Frustrated Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler has officially requested a trade out of Minnesota, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports. Wiggins remains signed with the Timberwolves through 2023.

A deep dive into the situation by Bleacher Report's Tom Haberstroh revealed that the dysfunction between Butler and Towns was that much more evident on the court when rewinding the tape. The team is still hoping to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

But while Butler has decided he doesn't want to be in Minnesota, telling the Timberwolves this now has - at least for now - limited his options. Towns and Wiggins are great players and at this point better than Butler.

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It sounds like Thibodeau, if he trades Butler at all, only is interested in the type of return the San Antonio Spurs received from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Kawhi Leonard. He has provided a list of one to three teams with which he would be open to signing a long-term deal, sources said. Butler's time with the Wolves saw Minnesota return to the National Basketball Association playoffs for the first time in over a decade. Of course, a commitment from Butler to re-sign with the team could mitigate the issue. He reportedly wants out of Minnesota partly because he's tiring of the lax attitudes of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Haberstroh described the play and then illustrated how Butler's former Chicago Bulls teammate, Taj Gibson, had been a recipient of more clutch assists, despite playing less minutes and having less of an offensive role with the team.

"These are teams that will have [room to build] - Brooklyn and the Clippers for instance have a chance to bring in two max players in free agency next summer".

All of this also ratchets up the pressure on Thibodeau, who was already seen as being in some hot water before Wednesday's developments. The offers may not be as fruitful with the risk of Butler being a one-year rental and Minnesota losing all its leverage, but for the sake of being thorough, here are 10 potential deals that might work. "Financially, it makes better sense for him to get traded there now".

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