Cavaliers among those pursuing Timberwolves star Butler

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says that at the NBA Board of Governers meeting Taylor told prospective spirits for Butler to contact him directly if they can not get past general manager Scott Layden. But none has yet engaged in serious trade discussions, making it possible that Butler remains a member of the Timberwolves to begin the week.

During the postseason past year, Butler's scoring average was down by almost five points per game from the 2017 NBA Playoffs with the Bulls. He averaged 14.0 points and 11.4 rebounds per game last season, and was seemingly able to bury the hatchet with Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra earlier this summer.

The Towns news will undoubtedly be thankfully received by a Minnesota fan base desperate for some kind of positive news after several days of stories surrounding Butler's desire to leave the team.

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Taylor's urgency to trade Butler is music to the ears of Oklahoma City fans. It remains to be seen how quick and decisive the Wolves will be able to get a deal with the three teams (Knicks, Brooklyn Nets & LA Clippers) that Butler has given them. But Taylor, who has previously overseen the trades of star forwards Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love, wants to make sure Minnesota gets something back for Butler instead of letting him walk for nothing next summer. He no longer wants to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves. This would remove leverage from the Timberwolves, giving Butler more power. The franchise's business operations want to limit the sullying of what had been until now a successful marketing campaign around the franchise's starry young core, league sources said. They are emerging as a front-runner for Kawhi Leonard when Toronto's All-NBA forward becomes a free agent in July, league sources said.

They are the three teams he is said to be willing to sign a max contract extension with if he is traded. So happy for him and his family on the new deal! But however you slice it, in the wake of Jimmy Butler's trade demand this past week, Thibodeau has orchestrated an irreparable state of affairs.

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