Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Minnesota Timberwolves: 3 trade options for a disgruntled Jimmy Butler

Minnesota Timberwolves: 3 trade options for a disgruntled Jimmy Butler

Butler turned down a relatively modest 4-year, $110 million contract extension offer from the team this summer. All three project to have max cap space next July, when Butler is set to become a free agent.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler has requested a trade after recently meeting with head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Considering that Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the four-time All-Star wants to join the Clippers over the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks (who were also on his wish list), it's worth considering why.

Woj reports that the Clippers are a "front-runner" for Leonard, making them even more enticing for Butler, who seems determined to contend.

Leonard on the other had has yet to play a game for the Raptors.

Moving Kevin Love is an option too but there's a question of how much the Timberwolves would want Love to be paired with star center Karl Anthony-Towns, as neither have consistently been effective defenders at the National Basketball Association level.

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The Wolves acquired Butler in a trade with the Chicago Bulls just last June in a deal that appeared extremely lopsided in Minnesota's favor at the time.

The Athletic first reported Butler's trade request.

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Love had been an impressive leader early in the post-LeBron years but he's not a good enough defensive fit with KAT to make them a desirable pair.

Whether or not Butler is willing to commit to signing with the Knicks next summer could change their calculation, but let's work off the assumption that the Knicks would refuse to include Ntilikina or Knox.

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