Wojnarowski: Jimmy Butler "most determined" to join LA Clippers

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So despite his request for a trade, it seems likely Butler will remain in Minnesota - and likely will for some time to come.

Butler turned down a relatively modest 4-year, $110 million contract extension offer from the team this summer.

It took just one year after the Timberwolves sent Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the pick that became Lauri Markkanen to the Bulls for Jimmy Butler's relationship with head coach Tom Thibodeau and teammate Karl-Anthony Towns to be fractured beyond fix. But the real question is whether or not the front office in Los Angeles would consider sacrificing assets knowing they could potentially sign both Butler and Leonard outright as free agents next summer.

Then again, it worked out pretty well for the Oklahoma City Thunder with Paul George, and it didn't stop the Toronto Raptors from trading for Kawhi Leonard. Teague is 30, and if Butler isn't in the picture anymore, Minnesota is better off focusing on building something sustainable rather than trying to win immediately.

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.

Jimmy Butler is most interested in a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers, according to sources. It may seem a bit surprising at first, because, well, they aren't very good at basketball as now constructed.

Sources familiar with the situation told Sporting News that Butler is uncertain about playing with Wiggins - Butler had problems last season with Wiggins, his work ethic and his approach on the defensive end of the floor.

So, one of the teams Butler would apparently be OK with being traded to is the Knicks. However, the Clippers can't convey a first-round pick until 2021 at the earliest.

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