The team is said to be telling rival execs that it intends to hang on to the unhappy four-time NBA All-Star. But this very genuine report is fairly damning: according to KTSP's Darren Wolfson, Towns told the Wolves front office that he can't coexist with Butler, both on the court and in the locker room. Love, by the way, can not be traded until January after signing a four-year, $120 million extension with Cleveland on July 24.
Against the displeasure of Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau, owner Glen Taylor has mandated that a deal needs to be negotiated to trade disgruntled All-Star forward Jimmy Butler in the next several days, league sources told ESPN.
It's hard to pinpoint to what exactly a Jimmy Butler trade would look like.
Minnesota's first practice of training camp comes Tuesday, and Taylor reportedly wants a deal done by then.
With his trade demand this past week, it's clear the Minnesota Timberwolves and Jimmy Butler are headed for a parting of ways.
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Many of those attending the Board of Governors meetings are convinced that Taylor and top team business officials don't want a prolonged saga with Butler, preferring to move him to a new team sooner than later. All of this has been happening while the team has been racing to get Karl-Anthony Towns to agree to a contract extension that will keep him from becoming a restricted free agent next summer.
Butler joined the Timberwolves in 2017 after being traded away by the Chicago Bulls. Despite this, Butler still averaged 22.2 points, 4.9 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game.
The Wolves have reportedly had a super-maximum contract extension on the table for Towns for weeks, if not months. If the Nets front office is confident in that philosophy, they may be willing to open their pockets a bit more to get Butler in a Nets uniform this season.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) controls the ball as Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) defends during the first quarter in Game 2 of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center in Houston. He can sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a new team.