As first reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski, a meeting between the Minnesota Timberwolves' star wing and their head coach did not settle matters between the two parties, and now Jimmy Butler trade rumors are running wild. The nonchalant attitude of Karl-Anthony Towns and other members of the team's core have irritated Butler. Instead, Butler reportedly has his sights on the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Clippers. With headlines about Butler trades and his preferred destinations, only a fellow former Golden Eagle can be bold enough to pull a clever recruitment like this. Both are set to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2019, when they'll be among a stacked class of players free to sign with new teams.
Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists on a team stacked with athletic wing players past year.
"Why Butler would want to go there and sign?" "Even if he has to agree to dissolve the contract, they'd do that before they go and trade Butler for draft picks".
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This makes sense considering what we've heard about Leonard and his team desires recently. Thibodeau can be selfish or selfless in this scenario, either holding onto Butler and leaving next summer when JB decides to leave, or he can trade him for some assets down the road in Minnesota.
With under a week to go before players report to their respective franchise, a Butler trade could send the start of the National Basketball Association season into a wild place.
It has also been stated that Kawhi doesn't want to be a part of the celebrity culture that comes with playing at such a well-known franchise like the Los Angeles Lakers.
PRO: Putting Butler, Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, and whatever combination of Gordon Hayward and young players (whomever doesn't get traded among Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, and Jayson Tatum) on the floor makes Boston the favorite to win the East.