Players That Could Be in Play for Jimmy Butler Trade

Houston TX USA Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler drives against Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul

Houston TX USA Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler drives against Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul

Would a package of Hollis-Jefferson, Dinwiddie and the Denver pick be enough to pry Butler from Minnesota president and head coach Tom Thibodeau?

Wojnarowski is the same National Basketball Association insider that reported Jimmy Butler's three preferred trade destinations: the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Minnesota's first practice of training camp comes Tuesday, and Taylor reportedly wants a deal done by then.

Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks to pass the ball during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on December 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

"Cavs owner Dan Gilbert was seen talking privately with Glen Taylor at NBA Board of Governors meeting on Friday", Wojnarowski reported. Just like we've seen in the recent past (see the San Antonio Spurs, when they traded Kawhi Leonard), expect the Wolves to make a move that will keep them at least somewhat competitive.

Taylor has far less of a stomach for a dysfunctional season of feuding among Butler, Towns and forward Andrew Wiggins and the damage that'll do to the franchise's image, league sources said.




Nonetheless, the four-time All Star wants out of Minnesota.

Butler had a rocky first season in Minnesota.

Butler is eligible for a five-year, $190 million contract extension with the Wolves or with a team that acquires him in a trade. Part of that may be smart negotiation tactics, but the more significant factors are that right now offers the trade offers are lowball, plus Thibodeau realizes his job on the line and this team is not as good without Butler. He can sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a new team. The Nets and Clippers will both have room for two max contracts next offseason.

The super-max deal includes the ability for Towns to earn 30 percent of the Timberwolves' salary cap with the fulfillment of reaching one of the three All-NBA teams, or being voted league MVP or Defensive Player of the Year this season.

Expect plenty of other teams to inquire about Butler, too.

That's a lot to give up for any one player, especially a player they can sign outright in free agency next summer.

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