Another NBA superstar wants out. After Kawhi Leonard forced his was out of the San Antonio Spurs, Jimmy Butler is following his lead.
Shams Charania of the Athletic reported earlier today that Jimmy Butler has requested for a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski. Butler has given Minnesota a list of one-to-three teams with whom he's open to signing extension, in anticipation of trade.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 19, 2018
The situation between Butler and the Timberwolves has been simmering all season long. There were rumors that he was unhappy with how Minnesota’s young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins approached the game. However, it was reported by Jon Krawczynski of the Athletic that it was more of a concern with his contract.
I'm told Jimmy Butler's decision had very little if anything to do with Towns and Wiggins. More to do with contractual matters.
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) September 19, 2018
Butler was supposed to meet Wolves’ head coach and president of basketball ops Tom Thibodeau to discuss his concerns. Instead, he ended up asking for a trade. This request comes at a bad time as teams are a week away from the start of their training camps for the new NBA season.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, detailed the teams that Butler prefers to be traded to. The LA Clippers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are at the top of the list since they have the cap space to sign Butler to the max contract next summer.
Minnesota's Jimmy Butler has three preferred destinations for a trade, league sources tell ESPN: The Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks. Those three teams have max cap space to sign Butler as a free agent in July.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 19, 2018
The Clippers are the frontrunners for Butler since they have the cap space to sign two max-level free agents. Butler can partner up with another superstar and turn the Clippers into a Playoff team out in the Western Conference.
Minnesota's Jimmy Butler is most determined to find a way to the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell ESPN. The appeal of partnering with a second star – the Clippers have two max contract slots available in summer free agency – is an intriguing scenario for him.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 20, 2018
Butler currently holds a player option for 2019-2020 but he will most likely opt out to join the 2019 free agent pool. He wants to be traded to a team with a max slot so he can get a longer, higher paying contract with his current team rather than sign a shorter one with a new team.
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