The Jimmy Butler sweepstakes escalate with quick deadline

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The Jimmy Butler sweepstakes escalate with quick deadline

Butler mentioned specific teams he'd like to be sent to, but Thibodeau said he was clear in telling his star player that he'd have to do what was best for the team, regardless of Butler's wishes.

He would prefer a trade to the LA Clippers and has a strong interest in the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, league sources have told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

President/head coach Tom Thibodeau has been resistant to the idea of trading Butler, but now that he must, it's very likely he will be very selective with incoming offers.

Butler is on the trade block and the team's owner Glen Taylor has mandated the four-time all-star needs to be traded.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) looks to get around Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) in the first half in Game 3 of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Target Center in Minneapolis.

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Next off-season, Butler is eligible to sign a five-year, $190 million contract extension with the Timberwolves or any team he's traded to if he opts out of the final year of his deal as expected.

Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden - who brought his cellphone to the podium just in case he received any important calls or texts involving Butler - distanced themselves from reports that they aren't on the same page with Taylor concerning Butler.

In that deal, the Timberwolves acquired Thaddeus Young from the 76ers, who got Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexy Shved from Minnesota and a 2015 first-round pick from the Cavaliers.

Butler, 29, is playing on the previous year of a contract that will pay him almost $20 million next season and has made it clear he does not intend to re-sign with Minnesota.

"It makes too much sense for them not to", he said.

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