Timberwolves seeking too much in Jimmy Butler trade

Mae Harvey
September 28, 2018

So perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Cavs remain one of the team's interested in acquiring All-Star guard/forward Jimmy Butler, who requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves early last week.

The Wolves are seeking a combination of veterans, top prospects, future assets and cap relief.

While head coach Tom Thibodeau seems reluctant to make a deal, it's still possible that something could be done in the next few hours, so we have a few trade ideas in mind to make this 3-team deal go down smoothly.

The New York Times' Mark Stein tweeted Wednesday morning that Butler and his agent "have informed Wolves ownership that Miami is Butler's preferred trade destination".

One can only hope that the next team doesn't have to give up so much for Butler, especially in a contract year.

Per the report, Thibodeau "has continued to try to recruit Butler to ease off his trade demand and return to practice with the team".

Thibodeau has expressed interest in keeping Butler, but the feeling reportedly is not mutual. However, ESPN later reported owner Glen Taylor had a different message, saying Butler is available and teams should contact him directly. It's been an emotional roller coaster and I believe I speak for all Minnesota Timberwolves' fans when I say that we want something done before the pre-season begins. According to ESPN, he wants a five-year and $190-million extension with a new team.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season for Minnesota, which made the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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